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Foster + Partners set to make Israel debut

Foster + Partners has won the competition to new home of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The scheme will be the first in Israel for Norman Foster’s practice which was chosen ‘due to the unique level of its work and experience in designing research centers worldwide such as at Stanford University in the United States and Imperial College in London’.

The company is understood to have beaten the likes of Frank Gehry to land the project on the ​​10,500m² next to the Alexander Silberman Institute for Life Sciences at the university’s Givat Ram campus.

Speaking to the Jerusalem Post, Yuval Baer of Jerusalem-based project collaborators Shifman Nathan Architects, said: ‘We want the building to be social and scientific hub of the university. We want to build state-of-the art laboratories that are going to gather all these scientific and non-scientific people in the university.’e said.

Hebrew University Vice-President and Director-General Billy Shapira said: ‘This project will be an important contribution to the Hebrew University and the city of Jerusalem, because the building will become a magnet not only for the scientific community but also the general public who will see an architectural masterpiece that displays the innovation and progress that characterize the university.’

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