prof. architect toshiko mori, prof. architect moshe safdie,prof. arnon zuckerman, prof. hanoch gutfreund, prof. architect zvi efrat, a student of bezalel
bezalel academy of arts and design, jerusalem, israel, is launching an
international architecture competition for its new campus in the historical
city center. this project promises to be one of the most significant
architectural undertakings of this decade in jerusalem, and we would like to
invite architects from around the world to participate.
the competition documents and all related materials are available on:
the competition will be conducted in two phases and is open to all
the official language of the competition is english.
established in 1906 as the bezalel school of arts and crafts, bezalel is
celebrating its centenary as israel’s leading academy in its field. bezalel
incorporates both traditional crafts and state-of-the-art technologies
throughout its 10 departments: fine arts, architecture, industrial design,
visual communications, photography, video, animation, ceramic and glass
design, jewelry and fashion, and history and theory. the academy is home to
1,765 students and 400 teachers, and is spread over three campuses scopus, jerusalem, the historic building of bezalel in jerusalem city
center, and the bezalel gallery in tel aviv.
about the new campus
the main campus of the academy on mount scopus today is distant and isolated
from the city center, disconnected from any social or public association.
the relocation of the campus to the center of jerusalem presents not merely
a physical move, but a cultural shift through which bezalel aims to continue
to grow as an active and dynamic hub in the city, participating in jerusalem
’s urban life, allowing students and teachers to form unconstrained
relationships and to cultivate mutual inspiration with the diverse
inhabitants of the city.
about the site
the vacant building site is approximately 9,182m2 and is in the center of
the city of jerusalem, about 300m from the historic old city and within the
area known as the ‘russian compound’. it sits on a small hill located on
a prominent north-south ridge, with northern and easter views overlooking
the city. in 1858, the compound had been sold to the russian empire who
developed it as a pilgrimage center with hospices, a hospital, the russian
mission building and the holy trinity cathedral as its centerpiece. with
the rise of communist rule in the soviet union, the stream of russian
pilgrims to jerusalem ceased almost entirely. the british mandate then
converted the compound into one of their military bases in jerusalem.
following the establishment of the state of israel in 1948, most of the
buildings in the compound were sold by the soviet union to the israeli
government, who used them as part of the government center. rehabilitation
and preservation of the compound is part of the scheme for the development
of the city center as a business, cultural and public district.
prof. architect toshiko mori, professor in practice and chair, department of
architecture, graduate institute of design, harvard university
prof. architect moshe safdie, boston, jerusalem
prof. arnon zuckerman, president of bezalel
prof. hanoch gutfreund, former president of the hebrew university, jerusalem
prof. architect zvi efrat, head of the department of architecture, bezalel
a student of bezalel
registration for phase i will be via the form on the competition website and
by payment in the sum of 100 usd.
phase i is open and anonymous, and the objective is to develop ideas and
concepts for the design of the new campus according to the programme
[available in the competition documents] and to provide a basis for further
planning in phase ii.
the aim of phase ii of the competition is to select a design for the new
campus of bezalel and to appoint the winning architect. the current zoning
plan acting on the site will be changed according to the selected design.
phase ii is a closed competition in which the winning entries of phase i
shall participate and compete alongside the following invited firms:
ada karmi-melamede architects, tel aviv, israel
foreign office architects, london, uk
rosenfeld arens architects ltd., jerusalem, israel
one additional international architecture firm to be announced
5 honourable mentions: 5,000 usd each
between 3-5 winners: to participate in phase ii
bezalel shall participate in the expenses of those competing in phase ii in
an amount that shall be equivalent to 25,000 usd [tax and vat included] per
competitor. in addition, bezalel shall participate in the lodging expenses
of those participating in phase ii from overseas in he sum of 10,000 usd
[tax and vat included]. these amounts shall be paid after the completion
and submission of the design, to the satisfaction of bezalel.
bezalel will appoint the winning architect and will proceed to an
architectural services agreement.
contacts [not to be advertised on the web]:
competition production team: richard rabnett & shira szabo
bezalel spokesperson [hebrew]: nava levi