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Ram Karmi, Ada Karmi-Melamede, Supreme Court of Israel, Jerusalem

36,00 € Lieferbar in 2-3 Tagen


Intent on realizing her late husband’s vision, Dorothy
de Rothschild first offered to provide funding
for a new building housing the Supreme Court of
Israel in the 1960s. In 1983 the offer was seriously
considered and accepted.
Renowned architects from Israel and from all
over the world entered into a two-stage competition
in 1986. Ada Karmi-Melamede and Ram
Karmi, siblings their own architecture practices,
were asked to compete as a team. Their contribution
stood out clearly against the other entries.
Instead of proposing a formal and monumental
scheme, the Karmis came up with a coherent
site-specific building which roots itself into the
land, continues the stone language of Jerusalem,
and relates to its unique vibrant light.
Pure geometrical volumes are arranged to form
a balanced composition and complex whole. A
careful equilibrium is created between the gravity
of local stone-masonry walls and the immaterial
play of light and shadow in the voids and volumes
of the structure. The Supreme Court acts as part
of a larger civic urban ensemble and forms a
gateway to Government Hill offering a pedestrian
walkway to the Knesset.
While referred to as a single building, in reality
the Supreme Court building is an ensemble
applying urban principles to the interior, thus producing
public spaces throughout. Half architecture,
half landscape architecture, the building is
deeply anchored in its site and reaches out further
than its own walls. Four main functions are
manifested in four distinct geometric volumes organized
by two cardinal axes. These axes separate
the four main program elements: the library,
the judges’ chambers, the courtrooms and the
parking area. The allocation of the various volumes
within the building allows for a sequence of
in-between spaces which are used for circulation,
for the penetration of natural light and for the transition
between the public and private domains.
Paul Goldberger stated in The New York Times
in 1995 that 'the sharpness of the Mediterranean
architectural tradition and the dignity of law are
here married with remarkable grace'.
Anne-Catrin Schultz studied architecture in
Stuttgart and Florence. Following post-doctoral
research at MIT, she relocated to the San Francisco
Bay Area and worked for several years with
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop and Skidmore Owings
& Merrill. She has taught at the University of California
in Berkeley and is currently teaching at the
California College of the Arts and City College of
San Francisco. Richard Bryant is one of the bestknown
architectural photographers, working all
over the world. He is the only photographer with
an honorary fellowship of the Royal Institute of
British Architects.


Titel: Ram Karmi, Ada Karmi-Melamede, Supreme Court of Israel, Jerusalem
Weitere Mitwirkende: Richard Bryant, Anne-Katrin Schultz
Ausgabe: 1. Auflage

ISBN/EAN: 9783932565717

Seitenzahl: 60
Format: 30 x 28 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Sprache: Englisch

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