Steinhardt Museum of Natural History by Kimmel Eshkolot Architects
Client: Tel Aviv University
Architects: Kimmel Eshkolot Architects
Location: Klausner St 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo (IL)
A treasure chest full of flora and fauna: Kimmel Eshkolot Architects have created the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History for Tel Aviv University. It seems like a large wooden trunk runs through the building. Concealed behind this wooden construction, we find the exhibition spaces of the museum. The wood panelling serves as heat insulation and protects the collection from the subtropical climate in Tel Aviv. The raised body of the building also acts as a gate to the university’s botanical gardens.
Visitors are led along a predefined trail of discovery as if they were involved in the performance of a choreography. Dark areas housing light-sensitive objects alternate with brighter exhibition spaces. The museum collection extends along a barrier-free path: broad ramps with a low rise allow all visitors to explore the treasure chest, even up to the top storey.
The upper level is home to the museum’s research institutions, which are kept apart from the exhibition by a separate stairway. On the rooftop terrace located at the end of the museum path, visitors and scientists come together in another choreographic encounter