Plans for the construction of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, to be
built in downtown Jerusalem, now include two six-story buildings to house some
200 discounted dormitory rooms for students.
The planned buildings will
provide two types of apartments, including single units and larger units for
multiple students, the Jerusalem Municipality announced
Construction of the dormitory project is estimated to cost NIS 50
Average rent per student is expected to be approximately NIS
1,200, which will include maintenance. Additionally, all the apartments will be
furnished and the two buildings will provide free Wi-fi, laundry rooms, a
cafeteria and numerous cafes, the municipality said.
this year by a $25 million infusion of funds to finance the sprawling $100
million downtown campus, the school unveiled the blueprint for its 37,000
square-meter complex in June.
The campus will be located in the Russian
Compound – between the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Museum of Underground
Prisoners – a site selected by the government, Jerusalem Municipality and the
It is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
“The new campus
represents a breakthrough for the academy, with a building that will respond to
developing needs in light of the steady and significant increase in the number
of our students,” said Dor Lin, director of the academy, at the June unveiling.
“At the same time, it is also great news for the revitalization of the Jerusalem
Indeed, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who will attend a
cornerstone- laying ceremony for the project Monday, has lauded the addition of
the campus as part of the capital’s “cultural renaissance.”
of a pioneering institution like Bezalel marks a historic turning point in the
cultural renaissance of downtown Jerusalem [by] attracting thousands of
students, young people, and artists to the city center.”
1906 by artist Boris Schatz with the support of Theodor Herzl, Bezalel Academy
is one of Israel’s leading institutions of art and design.
Its new campus
was designed by Japan’s SANAA architecture firm in collaboration with Israel’s
Nir-Kutz Architects, and will feature multiple classrooms, studios, offices, two
auditoriums, an operational area and various workshops.
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