The National Library Home for the 21st Century and Beyond
|The vision of a new home for the National Library of Israel, slated for completion in 2018, is beginning to take form. The conceptual design prepared by the Swiss architectural firm of Herzog & de Meuron, the renowned architects selected to design the new home for the National Library of Israel, has been resoundingly approved by the National Library Board of Directors. In tandem, the government of Israel has officially transferred ownership of the land it has allocated for the new building – the prime location adjoining the Knesset in Jerusalem's National District – to the Library.
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A portion of a panoramic photo by Ofek Aerial Photography
With the passing of these milestones, the architects are working toward the preparation of schematic and then detailed design, the next stages of the creation of the National Library's new home.
The planned building will encompass some 30,000 square meters (320,000 square feet) and stand as a national landmark amid the Knesset, the Supreme Court, neighboring government ministries and the Avenue of Museums, including the Israel Museum. The building will sit on approximately three-and-a-half acres and will also include an outdoor public square and a Visitors Center.
Inside, the state of the art facility will include space for over 5 million items, event venues, exhibition galleries, a main reading room and a special collections reading room, and a myriad of areas designed for individual and group study, among other elements.
Driven by principles of openness, integration with its surroundings, and sustainability, the new National Library building will provide not only rich content but also a compelling aesthetic contribution to the architecture of Jerusalem.