Our proposal aims to reinstate MUSA as one of Israel’s leading museums while turning it into a major urban destination for Tel Aviv’s residents. The plan weaves new and existing museum exhibitions into one comprehensive experience while opening all outdoor areas to the public.
The competition brief asked to develop a new vision for the entire site as well as adding a new central exhibition building to the existing museum complex. Expanding the museum’s content while strengthening connectivity and a sense of orientation throughout this large campus was central to the design: we decided that the new exhibition space will become the pivot connecting all parts of the Museum grounds.
The placement of the new building takes advantage of a deep topographical fold between the existing museum pavilions and the archaeological area and the park grounds beyond. The main level connects on-grade to the entrance while the roof continues the upper plaza between the existing pavilions. To the west, the roof garden becomes a shaded observation deck toward Tel Aviv’s skyline and a bridge joining the archaeological site and the museum park grounds directly to the heart of the museum.
With the removal of the perimeter fence and the reorganization of access throughout the open space areas, the new plan envisions an urban park designed around the existing agricultural heritage display areas, the archaeological site and urban nature areas.
The entire museum campus will be universally accessible.
MUSA, Eretz Israel Museum Tel-Aviv
Barbara Aronson, Ittai Aronson, Rechael Bardudo, David Gruss, Yoni Krugliak, Tal Badichi, Ruchama Schmulewitz