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BEZALEL ACADEMY OF ART AND DESIGN _ gerusalem

The design strategy has been articulated in a series of steps in order to respond to the complex program requirements and very strict parameter and constraints operating both on a visual (massing) and technical level (façade materials, light requirements, etc.) set up by the competition brief.
Step 1: massing.
The massing of the project is the direct result of the height limitations, the streets alignment and the 45 meters free corridor on the middle of the site. Two main blocks emerge on the north and the south areas of the site; they are connected thru a big basement volume that occupy the entire site area from the street level down to -6.00 mt.
Step 2: program fitness.
The main volumes emerging from the first design step are deformed to receive the program and circulation organization. The volumes are optimized according to program fitness criteria. Each of the two main building volumes are divided in two blocks connected each other by a glazed volume. This glazed volume becomes the back bone over which all the project is organized. It’s the main
connector between all the different program areas. It crosses the basement, allowing natural illumination at the level -6.00 mt, and connecting the north volumes with the south ones.
Step 3: performative modulation.
The volumes are cut and perforated in different manners in order to respond to a series of performative requirements within the context of a coherent architectural language. The requirements are: direct natural enlighten control, circulation exposure, privacy levels, view to and from the old city. The combination of each requirement with the different parts of the building program generated a modulation of a limited set of specific solutions (from the small window holes, to the shed skin, to the big panoramic windows). The adoption of such a device achieved a robust technique that allows several variations in the same systems without compromising the design integrity. Thru these three operations, the design process highlights a series of spatial conditions achieved in different parts of the building. The spatial topics are: program and privacy level, circulation, natural Light and sustainability, relation to the old city, visibility.

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Localizzazione: gerusalemme - città vecchia

oggetto: concorso internazionale di idee per la realizzazione di un nuovo campus
gruppo di progettazione : studio rosental (TO), studio griffa (TO), adstudios
link : http://www.studiogriffa.net/files/0701_bezalel/index.html

esito: progetto partecipante