Architect’s rendering for HU Brain Sciences Center.
(photo credit: Courtesy Foster + Partners)
World-famous British architect Lord Norman Foster, responsible for icons
including the Millennium Bridge in London, the Hearst Tower in New York, and the
Beijing airport will design the new Center for Brain Sciences at the Safra of the Hebrew University, the university announced on
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Foster + Partners will work in conjunction with Israeli
architecture firm Baer, Shifman- Nathan Architects to design the 10,500 sq.m.
Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences.
“We want the building to
be social and scientific hub of the university,” said Yuval Baer, one of the
Israeli partners. “We want to build state-of-the art laboratories that are going
to gather all these scientific and non-scientific people in the university,” he
Foster is most well-known for his soaring glass designs with
sweeping facades, a style that is in opposition to the traditional Jerusalem
stone architecture or the hulking concrete buildings on part of the Edmond J. Safra Campus.
Baer called the melding of Foster’s technology-centric style with
traditional Jerusalem architecture a “challenge.” Foster is also well-known for
putting an emphasis on green architecture, including utilizing air flow as a
natural coolant, as in the London Swiss Re headquarters affectionately known as
“The Gherkin.” Baer added that the new building will serve as a link between the
older, more beautiful northern end of the Edmond J. Safra Campusand the southern end, which has
more modern buildings that emphasize utility of aesthetics.
and Lily Safra Center for Brain Science was established in 2009 and will be the
largest brain research center in Israel.
“This project will be an
important contribution to the Hebrew University and the city of Jerusalem
because the building will become a magnet not only for the scientific community
but also the general public, who will see an architectural masterpiece that
displays the innovation and progress that characterize the university,” said
Hebrew University vice president and director-general Billy Shapira.