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New Campus for Bezalel Academy, 2007-2012
Jerusalem - first prize
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is going to move back into the center of Jerusalem from its present Campus location on Mount Scopus injecting 3000 students into town. Having launched an international competition the winning entry was selected out of 188 submissions and 4 invited firms contributing the idea of Bezalel to render a possible future home base. The Jury declared that the winners responded most effectively to the divided site and proposed a unified and cohesive campus which optimizes the qualities of the site and successfully integrates indoor and outdoor spaces. The design responded sensitively to the historical context and as such connects to the surrounding area, interpreting effectively the traditional Jerusalem elements of courts, gardens, roofscape and screen facades. The design most successfully places facilities accessible to Bezalel and the public, and most effectively interprets the mission and vision of Bezalel.