This landscape intervention turned a formerly neglected and under-used courtyard into a vibrant outdoor space for informal meetings, lectures and for working in the open.
The design brief asked to revive a secluded garden for the enjoyment of faculty and students, commemorating Prof. Avigdor Levontin, a former dean of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
The original courtyard, measuring about 350 square meters, was little used and included a very steep gardened slope, stone terraces, and a terrace paved with natural stone.
The new design consists of a tiered outdoor classroom, diverse options for sitting, gardened areas, and a pergola to provide shade at all hours of the day.
Consideration was given to the preservation of views towards the historic buildings surrounding the courtyard, to the integration of an existing retaining wall into the amphitheater, and the reuse of the natural paving stones of the original central plaza.
Hebrew University Mount Scopus Campus, Jerusalem
The Hebrew University
Barbara Aronson, Tal Badichi
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