preston scott cohen: tel aviv museum of art   complete preston scott cohen: tel aviv museum of art   complete
oct 31, 2011

preston scott cohen: tel aviv museum of art complete

‘tel aviv museum of art’ by preston scott cohen, tel aviv, israel image © amit geron all images courtesy preston scott cohen




construction for the ‘tel aviv museum of art’, an addition to the existing masterplan, designed by cambridge-based practice preston scott cohen is now complete. referred to as the ‘herta and paul amir building’, the structure will contain spaces to house a comprehensive collection of israeli art. additional facilities include architecture and design galleries, drawing and print galleries, photography study center, art library, auditorium and large gallery for temporary exhibits. the triangular plot dictated a modified rectilinear volume surfaced with undulating facets.

entry elevation image © amit geron




five stacked levels, three above ground and two below, are unified with an 87 foot atrium. aptly named the ‘lightfall’, twisting and curved projections crossing through the vertical chasm at various angles are illuminated from above. escalators, stairs and ramped promenades parallel to the hyperbolic surfaces connect the different galleries. see designboom’s coverage of the building during construction here.

rear elevation image © amit geron

side of the museum set amidst an urban backdrop image © amit geron

aerial view of museum image © amit geron

illuminated from inside image © amit geron

triangulated concrete panel detail image © amit geron

entry at night image © amit geron

(left) escalator leading to galleries (right) base of central atrium images © amit geron

(left) central atrium ‘lightfall’ (right) escalator images © amit geron

views of central atrium images © amit geron

view through to central atrium from upper levels image © amit geron

upper level gallery image © amit geron

overlook into atrium image © amit geron

gallery image © amit geron

gallery image © amit geron

library image © amit geron

temporary exhibit gallery image © amit geron



project info:


size: 195,000 square feet (18,500 square meters), built on a triangular footprint of approximately 48,500 square feet (4,500 square meters) cost: 45 million USD (estimated) leadership: mordechai omer, director and chief curator, tel aviv museum of art architect: preston scott cohen , inc., cambridge, massachusetts, preston scott cohen, principal key dates: architectural competition 2003, design development and construction documents 2005-06, groundbreaking 2007, opening october 2011

principal spaces: israeli art galleries 18,500 square feet architecture and design galleries 7,200 square feet drawings and prints galleries 2,500 square feet temporary exhibitions gallery 9,000 square feet photography study center 3,700 square feet art library 10,000 square feet auditorium 7,000 square feet restaurant 3,200 square feet offices 2,700 square feet principal materials: pre-cast reinforced concrete (facades), cast-in-place concrete (lightfall), glass, and steel (structural frame)

project team: preston scott cohen, principal in charge of design amit nemlich, project architect; tobias nolte, bohsung kong, project assistants

consultants: project managers: cpm construction managment ltd. structural engineers: yss consulting engineers ltd., dani shacham hvac: m. doron – i. shahar & co., consulting eng. ltd. electrical: u. brener – a. fattal electrical & systems engineering ltd. lighting: suzan tillotson, new york safety: s. netanel engineers ltd security: h.m.t elevators: esl- eng. s. lustig – consulting engineers ltd. acoustics: m.g. acistical consultants ltd. traffic: dagesh engineering, traffic & road design ltd. sanitation: gruber art system engineering ltd. soil: david david survey: b. gattenyu public shelter: k.a.m.n waterproofing: bittelman kitchen design: zonnenstein

competition consultants: structural: ove arup & partners, caroline fitzgerald, tom dawes mep: ove arup & partners_mark walsh-cooke cost estimator: hanscomb faithful and gould

  • A stealth Klingon intergalactic freighter crash-lands in Tel Aviv. Love the sharp interior angles and the deep central core. Interesting challenges for exhibition installers.

    Tom P says:
  • This is a building to admire. Excellent work.

    jxd says:
  • Umm, isn’t this building sort of plagiarizing the voids from Libeskind’s Jewish Museum? Sure looks like it.

    Slava says:
  • I like that and i admire it.good job

    mohamad says:
  • really good job! Very precise!!! lots of respect!

    michael says:

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