Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

Jerusalem, Russian Compound stage 1

At the client's request, the architects in this project were replaced by Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, from Tokyo, in cooperation with the Israeli firm, Nir Kutz Architects


The building, covering an area of 45,000 square meters, is designed in the center of Jerusalem. It will host classrooms, studios, offices, an auditorium, an operational area various workshops, and an underground parking lot, addressing Bezalel’s need for breaking the traditional separation of the academy’s eight departments and allowing for a more active social and cultural involvement in the city’s life.

The structure is composed of 9 concrete cores and over 100 columns, spread out asymmetrically with spans of 9 meters and slab cantilevers of 4.5 meters, giving the structure its very unique look.

The cores are built from reinforced concrete, while the building is enclosed by a steel and glass curtain wall.

The retaining walls are varied and some have cantilevers up to 7 meters.


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