massimiliano fuksas: the peres peace house now open massimiliano fuksas: the peres peace house now open
dec 11, 2009

massimiliano fuksas: the peres peace house now open

the exterior of the peres peace house all images courtesy of fuksas architects




peres peace house designed by architect massimilano fuksas and local israeli architect yoav messer, is finally in use. yesterday, staff moved into the new building in jaffa, israel along the shores of the mediterranean sea.


for the building, fuksas imagined a series of layers, representing time and patience. the outside of the building consists of alternating layers of concrete and trunslucent glass, which filters sunlight into the interior during the day. the irregularly shaped peres peace house stands on a monolithic base. the concrete basement of the structure becomes a large plaza, an empty space dissected lengthwise by two symmetrical ramps which lead inside. the dark low-ceiling area, leads inside to a well of sunlight – which opens up through theentire height of the building – where the library is located. here, alternating light and dark layers are visible, constructed from a mix of concrete, local earth and other materials. the rest of this floor is meant to be used for the various activities of the peace peres house. the remaining three floors cover an area of 600 sqm and a heigh of 3.4m, and are accessible with stairs and lifts.they house an auditorium intended for 200 persons, offices of the peres peace house and spaces for meetings.

the exterior of the peres peace house

layers of concrete and translucent glass have been used to construct the building

large windows provide views of the mediterranean sea

the well of sunlight which looks up past all floors of the building to the sky

the well of light

  • Peres a.k.a. the Butcher of Qana.

    When Israel collapses, this building will host the Palestinian Nakba Museum.

    bangpound says:
  • great news! since now the house of peace is ready all we need is the peace itself

    kul says:
  • ‘When Israel collapses, this building will host the Palestinian Nakba Museum.’ Whoever you are who wrote that, you should start thinking that Israel will never collapse, and try to build one of those peace museum in your own country, Palestina perhaps. When you reach this mental behaviour of a builder and not a dectructor, you will be ready to achieve peace. Not before, unfortunately. So do yourself a favour, start the job today, look at yourself deeply, and stop looking at Israel actions instead.

    peace is needed says:
  • the layers of time and patience, translated in architectural form, are pertinent. they give an idea of the amount of energy needed to achieve peace. peace is not just an ideal, it is a constant effort that has to come from both sides, simultaneously, intensively. when such an architectural gesture tries to show the way, it is an achievement in itself.

    peace is needed says:
  • absolutely beautiful, job well done! thank you

    jkriz says:
  • layers of massacers and unjusstes will not generate peace…

    peace is about love says:

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