Design Museum Holon: Ron Arad Tel Aviv

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Design Museum Holon

Sculptural Building in Israel – design by Ron Arad

13 May 2013

Design Museum Holon

Location: south of Tel Aviv, Israel

Design: Ron Arad

Design Museum Holon Israel

Design Museum Holon in Tel Aviv

The building shows exhibitions about Israeli design, and on our visit was showing bathing suits and related designs. The structure is located on the edge of the traditional city centre, in a cultural quarter which is yet to complete.

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photos © Adrian welch

The building appears as an organic form, but within it is essentially formed by a large upper and a small lower gallery, both rectilinear. As a group we discussed the anomaly of billowing coloured swirls outside and the restrained white spaces within. The spaces might allow curatorial flexibility but the fact that their perimeter wasn’t reflected externally concerned us architect visitors as we have all been taught that form should be ‘honest’ and reflect the form of the space held within.

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photos © Adrian welch

In terms of route one enters between the two galleries under a ‘sagging’ dark-coloured underbelly into a small organic-shaped space, full of light and animated by the stripey shadows cast by the swirling structure above. It is this warm-coloured structure that makes the building. It is formed from Cor-ten steel, made in Italy, that has been exposed to sunlight in varying extents to create different hues. The horizontal striation goes from burgundy at the base to orange stripes at the top.

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photos © Adrian welch

The colours will keep changing slowly over the years allowing the building to gradually metamorphise in appearance. The circulation in the building enters a small lobby area and then one can either visit the upper gallery via a Guggenheim-esque external ramp or visit the lower gallery first and access the upper next via a series of stairs that are internal.

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photos © Adrian welch

I found the circulation slightly ambivalent, but providing some energy to the building. One could imagine the route being pushed further though – you see the swirls above and naturally feel like you should be able to follow a similar route!

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images © DMH

Materials Lab in a related building located just to the north:
Materials Lab Holon
photograph © Adrian welch

Design Museum Holon images / information from e-architect

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Design Museum Holon designer : Ron Arad

Adrian Welch – e-architect Editor


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