Herzog & de Meuron in Jerusalem

Library of Israel


The firm Herzog & de Meuron was selected to build Israel’s new National Library in Jerusalem, wrapping up a process that began with the selection of the proposal submitted by USbased Israeli Rafi Segal, which authorship issues eventually prevented from going ahead. Besides the Swiss partners, Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry and three Israeli practices (Kolker Kolker Epstein, Ammar Curiel and Kimmel Eshkolot) were invited to take part in a second contest. Their ideas were presented before a committee formed by Lord Rothschild, Luis Fernández-Galiano, Elinoar Komisssar-Barzachi and David Blumberg. Herzog & de Meuron’s project connects the building to Parliament and the Shrine of the Book, Frederick Kiesler’s only built work.

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