ron arad architects: design museum holon inauguration date announced
nov 23, 2009
ron arad architects: design museum holon inauguration date announced

on january 31st, 2010 following four years of construction, the design museum holon
by ron arad architects, will be inaugurated.

image courtesy of design museum holon

the design museum holon is arad’s first architecture project of this scale.
constructed of five sinuous bands of varying shades of COR-TEN(weathered steel),
the overall mission of the institution is to explore the impact of design and its relation to
urban spaces and everyday life. the new museum will join holon’s mediatheque, a cultural centre
which includes the national cartoon museum, repertoire theatre with original productions,
cinematheque, material and public library. the project was initiated by holon’s mayor
mr. motti sasson and managing director, ms. hana hertsman who invited ron arad to create the
iconic building. ron arad architects has been invovled in the project from the program
development stage through to the conceptual stage to building completion.

holon is a city which is re-inventing itself culturally, with ambitious plans that are investing
a lot into culture. the concept of this museum in the middle eastern sun is just one instance.
the city was brave enough to give ron arad architects the design task and I hope that it is
received well by the municipality and the public.
’ – RA

from the outside

image courtesy of ron arad architects

the view above from inside the museum
image courtesy of ron arad architects

image courtesy of ron arad architects

construction phase still ongoing

ron arad’s design for the museum, demonstrates an sculptural approach, combining ingenuous
and playful functionality with highly visual design. in reference to his approach he says:
every project is unique; each one invites a different response. when we started working on
design museum holon, it was like a white canvas, things developed and a direction was formed.

we created a hierarchy of outdoor spaces so you walk in under the building into a semi-covered yard,
where you have a choice to take the air-conditioned route or one exposed to the elements.

the building envelope is not just a pretty space; it’s also a structure.

image courtesy of ron arad architects

image courtesy of ron arad architects

image courtesy of ron arad architects

the museum is comprised of two primary galleries and a number of alternative exhibition
and education spaces. the upper gallery (500m²) celebrates the abundance of natural light in
israel and the qualities it can bring to the display of three-dimensional objects, while allowing
curatorial flexibility through modulating light levels. the smaller, lower gallery, (250m²) is taller
inside but offers a more intimate, personal relationship between the visitor and the objects on display.

working together from such an early stage of development has enabled us to find answers
to the question of the relationship between curatorial space and public circulation. we were
able to capitalise on the potential space between the curves of the bands so that all the surfaces
around the galleries and public facilities would fit comfortably in and in many cases,
created bonus galleries. the bands form a visual key that carries visitors into the building,
through it and then out; the bands instantly become a string that ties the whole building together
inside and out,
‘ says asa bruno, supervising architect.

image courtesy of ron arad architects

detail of the structure’s curvature
image courtesy of ron arad architects

rendering of the 5 sinuous COR-TEN bands which envelope the building

aerial view of museum – model

aerial view of museum – model


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