Umm el-Fahem Museum, Israel Architecture, Image, Architect, Design, Proposal
Umm el-Fahem Museum for Contemporary Art
Northern Israel Building – design by SO architecture
1 Jan 2009
Umm el-Fahem Museum for Contemporary Art Israel
Design: SO architecture
Umm al-Fahm is a city in the Haifa District of northern Israel
The Function of the Museum
Today, in the third millennium, amid the daily reality and worries about war and economic hardship, a museum of contemporary art will be built, and will thus form an island of tranquility, exhibiting the richness of Arab culture in Israel.
The proposed project aims and acts architecturally to place education as its goal.
The strongest mold of the museum site is that of the dramatic topography.
In the reality of the ecological crisis that threatens the world, the museum building is a flagship of innovation, utilizing ecological building principles and adapting to the climate. Much thought has been given to this while planning. Existing ideas, such as the storing of run-off rain water, the use of vegetation to form micro climates, the utilization of natural air flow, and the use of the building shade and of shade giving items are integrated into the project.
Umm el-Fahem Museum for Contemporary Art, Israel – Description of Main Features
The movement of the public in the building is circular. The visitor arrives at the upper parking lot, and from there starts the entrance ceremony to the museum. From the parking lot the visitor enters the educational building. From there he goes down to the main entrance, which is also approachable from the lower access road, in case an organized group that prefers this, as well as for handicapped people. From the lobby, a system of ramps leads to the different galleries, on the way the view opens up on both sides and widens as it descends. From the lower galleries it is possible to return to the restaurant by another ramp, that allows views of the surrounding panorama. In parallel to the inner transport ways, there is a track for hikers on external ramps and through gardens. This leads through a sculpture garden in which sculptures are exhibited in the open air. The outer ramp also allows views into the museum and thus changes the walk to an enriching experience of artworks that are exhibited inside and outside of the museum.
In every museum which is an architectural precedent, it is possible to observe its symbolic presentation. The glass pyramid at the Louvre, the Pompidou museum, the Guggenheim museum in New York, Bilbao, and others, all became icons by their special architectural features.
The entrance hall opens up to the visitor from the square and forms the approach to the exhibition galleries, the restaurant, the shop, the educational department and the service departments. The entrance hall creates a three dimensional link with the different departments. The view of the educational building through the openings in the ceiling through which the steel beams pass, the view of the grove through the window that frames the end of space, and the link to exhibition spaces through the ramps, all flow to the entrance hall, which forms the linking function, similar to the traditional “Liwan”.
The Internal Courtyards
The internal courtyards form an important layer during the stay of the visitor at the museum. The use of an internal garden is an integral part of buildings in the Middle East, and is therefore applied to the project. The internal courtyards allow light and airflow into the galleries, enabling the visitor to rest in them and enjoy the fresh air. Through the courtyards it is possible to see the next space in the walk through the museum and enjoy a feeling of spaciousness. The internal courtyards will form pocket gardens where sundry art works will be exhibited.
The Library and Auditorium
Visitors and local residents, who did not buy tickets to the exhibitions, will have access to the library, the auditorium, and the educational department, both from inside the museum and from the entrance square.
Umm el-Fahem Museum for Contemporary Art images / information from SO architecture
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