SANAA unveils plans for bezalel academy's new campus
SANAA unveils plans for bezalel academy's new campus SANAA unveils plans for bezalel academy's new campus
jun 13, 2013

SANAA unveils plans for bezalel academy's new campus

the plans for the new downtown jerusalem campus of belzalel academy of art and design by SANAA, in collaboration with local architects nir-kutz, have been unveiled. positioned within the city’s historic russian compound between the holy trinity cathedral and the museum of underground prisoners, the site was chosen by the government of israel, the jerusalem municipality, and the school for its status as a multicultural meeting place. the structural framework of the 400,000-square foot building is an arrangement of horizontal slabs, which are layered on top of one another at varying heights in such a way that they follow the topography of the surrounding area. the various sized blocks collectively form a roofed terrace offering views of the holy surroundings.

the historical site sees the new campus neighboring the museum of underground prisoners
image © SANAA (also main image)



the interior is composed of a series of multi-level spaces where faculty and students can easily meet, study and present their work, with extensive glazing allowing floods of natural light to filter through. programs include a host of classrooms, two auditoriums, studios, an operational area and various workshops. the move of bezalel to a more centralized location within urban social texture, will reinvigorate jerusalem’s downtown core, bringing young creatives and their art back to the streets. a generous gift of $25-million USD from the jack, joseph and morton mandel foundation, part of the academy’s $100-million USD capital campaign, will help fund the construction of the new campus which is set for completion in 2017.

image © SANAA

view from the courthouse
image © SANAA

the new campus is positioned across from city hall
image © SANAA

bird’s-eye view
image © SANAA

site plan
image © SANAA

  • these renderings don’t do justice to their design

    twny says:
  • There has been a competition back in 2007 for the design of this campus, won by STUDYO ARCHITECTs GmbH which was commissioned the construction the following year. As far as I remember SANAA was not between the awarded projects. What happened?

    a K l U d V o A says:
  • The images of this project doesn’t have the sensitive SANAA aproach. It is not simple/complex looks like a crude project.

    fcescxavier says:

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