Herta and Paul Amir Building - Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Herta and Paul Amir Building
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Opened on Novemeber 2nd 2011 after four years of construction, The Herta and Paul Amir building, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art was designed by Preston Scott Cohen, founder and principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. and chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University, who won an architectural competition commissioned by the museum in 2003.
The Herta and Paul Amir building's size is 195,000 square feet and its construction costs were estimated around 55 million dollars. The new building was built on a triangular plot, although its galleries are rectangular-shaped. This was achieved by constructing the building's levels on different axes which resulted in two levels above ground and three levels below ground. The connecting theme between the levels is the "Lightfall" – an 87-foot-high lit atrium that curves and twists trough out the building.
The principal materials from which the building is constructed are: pre-cast reinforced concrete, cast-in-place concrete, steel, acoustical grooved maple and glass.
The building houses the museum's collection of Israeli art (18,500 square feet), the architecture and design galleries (7,200 square feet), a photography study center and gallery (3,700 square feet), a new art library (10,000 square feet), a gallery of prints and drawings (2,500 square feet), an auditorium (7,000 square feet) and a gallery for temporary exhibitions (9,000 square feet).
The Herta and Paul Amir building will present a permanent collection of Israeli art of 250 works from 1916 to present day. The opening temporary exhibition of the new museum addition is Anslem Kiefer: Shevirat Ha-Kelim (Breaking of the Vessels) focuses on the German artist special interest in Jewish faith and tradition. The opening exhibition of the Architecture and Design gallery is Chanan De Lange: Ex Libris, which explores home-libraries.