when the john f. kennedy center for the performing arts was created as a living memorial to the 35th president of the united states, nations around the globe offered gifts in honor of president kennedy. when the center was opened to the public in 1971, the young nation of israel, not yet 25 years old, gave the gift of the israeli lounge.
in an effort to reimagine the israeli lounge, as the kennedy center’s undergoes an ambitious expansion, the center is holding an international design competition. the room is, and should continue to be, a visual representation and celebration of modern-day israel. the re-energized space will host many kennedy center donors, patrons and guests for dinner parties, lectures and other gatherings that celebrate the performing arts brought to life at the center.
the kennedy center invites designers to share a vision of a redesigned israeli lounge.