Israel Museum undertakes $80 million project to compete on the world stage
The Israel Museum is considered to be one of the finest museums in the Middle East. But the visitor experience there is less than desirable. The museum, which has not been upgraded since it opened in 1965, is a hodgepodge collection of buildings that lack a formal entrance. To rectify the situation, the museum has hired New York based James Carpenter Design and Associates and the Israeli firm Efrat-Kowalsky Architects with Lehman Architects and Town Planners of Tel Aviv to transform and unify its campus.
The multi-year, multi-phased project includes the creation of new entrances facilities, an enclosed route of passage from the front of the campus to a relocated main entrance hall with access to the Museum’s curatorial wings, reorganized and expanded collection galleries and newly centralized temporary exhibition space. The museum is also working concurrently with Pentagram Partners in London to renew the Bronfman Archaeology Wing.
The project, which includes 80,000 square feet of new construction and 200,000 square feet of renovated space, is expected open in mid-2010.