Jerusalem By: Sebastian Wallroth
The winning design for Jerusalem’s Museum of Nature and Science seeks to be an open, breathing building. The firms Schwartz Besnosoff and SO Architecture won the competition that “communicated with the environment”. The building is unimposing and modest in the exterior, and blends with the outside environment in a transformative way. The architects say “the building typology imitates the form of Swiss cheese with green holes”. The shape of the structure also imitates antique civic and institutional buildings in Jerusalem. Not only does the new museum connect with its natural surroundings, but also ties to the historic importance of Jerusalem and its sites.