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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

The Van-Leer Institute in Jerusalem, Israel by Chyutin Architects

 
September 24th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Chyutin Architects

The Van-Leer Institute

The Polonsky Academy of Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Polonsky Academy building is situated on the cliff facing south towards the Jerusalem Theater. Its northern side faces the Main Garden Court which will function as the heart of the campus in the new master plan. This court has two levels, with a one storey differential between them which makes it possible to create two entrances to the structure on different levels: main entrance near the Van Leer Institute and secondary entrance near the Council for Higher Education.

Front View

  • Architect: Chyutin Architects
  • Name of Project: The Van-Leer Institute
  • Location: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Designer: Bracha Chyutin, Michael Chyutin, Jacques Dahan, Ethel Rosenhek, Joseph Perez
  • Total Storeys: 4
  • Floor Area: 7300 sq. m.
  • Design / Completion Date: 2013

The low horizontal appearance of the Polonsky Academy building fits in with the dimensions and design characteristics of the existing buildings with their closed stone fronts to the city and glass fronts facing the open inner garden. Other building materials to be used are exposed concrete and wood slats. The design of the building elevation is keeping with the modernistic spirit of the existing buildings.

Back View

The Polonsky Academy building contains three functions: its main activity is the Polonsky Institute for Research, to which are added the central cafeteria and the central library. Its all-campus utility emphasizes the future centrality of the building on the campus. Adjacent to the building will be the burrowed auditorium, to be constructed at a later stage.

Lobbi

The two upper stories of the building are intended for research activity and include rooms for researchers, seminars and other meeting spaces for the research population that are open onto and are lighted from internal courts. The lower research floor is the main entrance to the building from the direction of the Van Leer Institute and it includes an exhibition gallery facing the Main Garden court. The floor below is entered through the lower level of the Main Garden Court and it includes a conference room, a lecture hall and the upper level of the library and the cafeteria which is facing the main garden.

Lobbi

The descending sloping topographical conditions on the south side of the building make it possible to situate the library which faces the internal garden adjacent and from which the city can be seen from afar. Similarly, the adjacent auditorium lobby also faces the garden of the ascending Terrace Pass and the city view from afar. By opening the lobby onto the urban part it is possible to use it for external purposes, independent of the Institute’s activities.

Lobbi

Academy of Advanced Studies, Jerusalem

The Polonsky Academy of Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences is part of the Van Leer Institute campus at Jerusalem. The building is situated on a cliff facing south towards the Jerusalem Theater. Its northern side faces the Main Garden Court, which functions as the heart of the campus. The low horizontal appearance of the building fits in with the dimensions and design characteristics of the existing buildings with their closed stone fronts facing the city and glass fronts facing the open inner garden.

Library

The two upper stories of the building are intended for research activity and include rooms for researchers, seminars and other meeting spaces for the research population that are open onto and are lighted from internal courts. The lower research floor is the main entrance to the building and it includes an exhibition gallery facing the Main Garden court. The floor below is entered through the lower level of the Main Garden court and includes a conference room, a lecture hall and the upper level of the library and the cafeteria, which faces the main garden.

Library

Front Left View

Back View

Site Plan

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Front Right View

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