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SANAA to design Jerusalem design campus

Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese practice Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates is to design a major new design campus in Jerusalem

The global stars, who designed the Serpentine Pavilion in 2009 (AJ 08.07.2009), will work with local firm Nir-Kutz Architects on the downtown campus of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.

The announcement comes after a $25 million (£15.9m) donation from the Ohio-based Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation kickstarted the scheme.

Professor Eva Illouz, president of Bezalel, said: ‘The new Bezalel campus will be home for the finest Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture in Israel.

‘By virtue of this status, it is the leading institute for innovative thinking about Israeli culture in its entirety.’

The 37,000m² campus will host classrooms, studios, offices, two auditoriums, an operational area and various workshops.

Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates proposed an array of stacked horizontal slabs forming a terraced roof overlooking the city.

Inside, the practice created a series of central, multi-level spaces where students and teachers can meet, study and display their work.

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design was established in 1906 and is Israel’s leading academy of art and design.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, established in 1953, supports higher education, Jewish education, social leadership and urban renewal.

The foundation’s offices in Israel have a collection of works of Bezalel students.

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