preston scott cohen + namit nemlich: tel aviv museum expansion

designboom is just back from tel aviv where we were invited to experience the

‘houses from within’ program, in which we were taken on a tour of some of the
most recently finished and current architectural works in progress, within this major israeli city.
one of the biggest projects that is underway is the tel aviv museum of art expansion
headed by architects preston scott cohen (U.S.) and amit nemlich (israel), who is the project leader.
the addition is built out of a dynamic network of spaces that define the museum’s interior,
with an outer shell that is a continuous plane of complex surfaces.


rendering of the tel aviv art museum
image courtesy of preston scott cohen

rendering of the completed interior image courtesy of preston scott cohen

aerial view of the museum site image courtesy of preston scott cohen

preston scott cohen with an architectural model of the museum
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architectural model image courtesy of preston scott cohen

architectural model image courtesy of preston scott cohen

section view
below are floor plans of the museum layout:







exterior view image © designboom
the design of the facade was a result of numerous geometric experiments on the panelization
of parabolas. in the final concept, the parabolas are panelized into four-sided planed surfaces
that are varied and adjusted parametrically to allow for deviations, inevitably emerging
during construction. the pre-cast concrete panels are supported by a steel frame with
waterproofing installed from the interior. the quadrangular panels are subdivided into pieces
no greater than 15 m2 in order to meet the limitations of cranes and to contend with angles
of loading due to the eccentricity of the shapes.
the museum’s targeted opening date is set for the middle of 2011.

outside the construction walls image © designboom

a look at the faceted concrete facade image © designboom

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construction workers dealing with the facade image © designboom

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pathway next to the museum image © designboom

looking up at the building image © designboom

small triangular and rectangular windows dot the exterior image © designboom

up close of windows image © designboom

exterior side and ceiling view of the museum
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overhang with structural columns image © designboom

aerial view
image courtesy of preston scott cohen

underside of overhang
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window details
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window installed
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the planar patterning on the facade image © designboom

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overview
image courtesy of preston scott cohen

exterior pathway leading into the museum space
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construction on the building’s interior
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stairway leading to upper level image © designboom

upper level image © designboom

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concrete construction image © designboom

structural metal beams in place image © designboom

window from interior image © designboom

interior hall where much sunlight floods the space image © designboom

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the sloping and curving details of the interior clad in wood
image courtesy of preston scott cohen

overview
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project architect amit nemlich
portrait © designboom


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