Libeskind breaks ground on Einstein House at Hebrew University


Studio Libeskind has commenced construction on the Albert Einstein House at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a project dedicated to preserving and displaying the legacy of the renowned physicist. The architectural design of the building features a blend of twisting, curving, and angled elements that create a cubic form. Inspired by Einstein’s drawings for projective geometry and his profound understanding of the curvature of the universe, the structure’s complex geometry pays homage to his intellectual pursuits. The building’s dynamic facade incorporates a vertical ribbed envelope adorned with stone cladding, adding a sense of order and surprise. Seamlessly integrated entrances on the south and north sides not only provide access but also offer passive shading, protecting visitors from the intense Israeli sun.


As one of the founders of Hebrew University, Einstein endowed all his writings and intellectual property to the institution. The design for the Einstein House aims to create a new repository that will serve as a hub for scientific and technological education. Through modern display techniques, scientific demonstrations, and the presentation of original documents, the facility will highlight Einstein’s scientific contributions, housing an extensive collection of over 82,000 objects.

libeskind's twisted cube hosts einstein's scientific center at hebrew university
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delving into Einstein’s world & his remarkable accomplishments


‘The design for the Einstein House is inspired by Einstein’s theory of relativity as he explained, ”Matter tells space how to curve and space tells matter how to move.” I was inspired by this thought and used it as a guiding principle in the design to create an ever-changing dynamic space that illuminates and sparks wonder in the visitor, said architect Daniel Libeskind. ‘My aim is for the building to provide imaginative spaces, both outside and inside, for contemplating the wonder of Einstein!’ added Libeskind.


Spanning 29,000 square feet (2,700 square meters), the building will serve as a tribute to Einstein’s remarkable achievements, his contributions to humanitarian causes and civil rights, and his unwavering commitment to Hebrew University, the State of Israel, and the global Jewish community. Within the facility, visitors will have the chance to delve into Einstein’s world through a reconstructed version of his personal library, an immersive replica of his office, and the opportunity to examine original documents such as the Theory of Relativity and the manuscript that introduced the iconic equation E=mc².

libeskind's twisted cube hosts einstein's scientific center at hebrew university
the twisted cube design pays homage to the legacy of the renowned physicist, Albert Einstein


The main floor of the building will accommodate a combination of permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, as well as a museum shop, while a sculptural spiral staircase will stand as a masterpiece at the core of the interior. Moving to the upper level, visitors will find the library and reading room, which offer panoramic views of the rooftop terrace. The lower level of the building will be dedicated to archive rooms, research facilities, and a scholarship library.


‘The Einstein House will provide the general public with a profound understanding of the science behind the man who laid the foundation for us and who, even a century later, continues to exemplify scientific excellence day after day. Our primary objective is to advance science and produce breakthroughs that enhance the lives of all humanity. Equally important is our commitment to explain science and make it make accessible to large audiences. This is precisely the vision behind the Einstein House,’ said Hebrew University president Prof. Asher Cohen.

libeskind's twisted cube hosts einstein's scientific center at hebrew university
Integrated entrances on both sides provide access and passive shading, shielding visitors from the intense Israeli sun


The project has received substantial support from philanthropist and art collector Jose Mugrabi and funding from the Israeli government. On June 13, 2023, a cornerstone-laying ceremony was held to mark the start of construction for the Einstein House. The ceremony was attended by notable individuals, including President of the State of Israel Isaac Herzog, Hebrew University President Asher Cohen, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon, and philanthropist Jose Mugrabi.

libeskind's twisted cube hosts einstein's scientific center at hebrew university
the main level accommodates permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, a museum shop, and a sculptural central spiral staircase



project info:


name: The Einstein House

architects: Studio Libeskind

leading architects: Daniel Libeskind 

architect of record: The Heder Architecture

location: Jerusalem 

university: Hebrew University