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A New Spin on the White City

A Cambridge, Massachusetts Architect Makes a 21st-century Addition to Tel Aviv's Tradition of Modernism

November 2011
From Architectural Record

By Clifford A. Pearson and Joann Gonchar, AIA

Continuing Education

Use the following learning objectives to focus your study while reading this month’s Continuing Education article.

Learning Objectives - After reading this article, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the constructability challenges posed by the geometry of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art addition.
  2. Describe the materials and construction techniques used to realize this geometry.
  3. Describe the structural and building envelope solutions used to realize this geometry.
  4. Discuss how the museum project team integrated structural and mechanical systems.

Credits: 1.00 HSW

This test is no longer available for credit

The Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, designed by Preston Scott Cohen, has an 87-foot-tall spiraling skylit atrium of poured-in-place concrete that links the gallery spaces to each other as well as an unusual faceted facade of precast concrete. The piece explores the construction and engineering solutions that allowed realization of the 195,000-square-foot addition’s complex geometry.
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On the west, Cohen lightened the composition by inserting
clear and translucent glazing that brings light and views into
the museum store.

Photo © Amit Geron



Originally published in the November 2011 issue of Architectural Record

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