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Museum in the Wadi

Type: Public


Rosh-Pina, Israel

Status: Construction


The Rosh Pina colony was established in 1882 as the first agricultural colony in Israel by Jews from Romania of the First Aliyah, members of Hovevi Zion. The ‘reconstruction’ site declared in the area of ​​the historic colony constitutes the tourist heart of Rosh Pina.


In 2011, the Israeli Architects Association announced an open competition for designing a foyer for the site, combined with the spaces of the AMIR Museum - the umbrella organization of Romanian Jews in Israel.

The proposal, which was submitted alongside dozens of other proposals, won first place and is currently in advanced stages of execution.


The structure plays a number of roles: first - accessing the ‘reconstruction’ site; bridging a level gap of c. 20 m between the building's level and the historic street level of the colony. Second - providing foyer services - reception and information counters, waiting and refreshment areas, restrooms, and storage rooms. Third - Museum spaces to showcase the treasure trove of the AMIR organization. Unlike the definition in the master plan prepared for the ‘reconstruction’ site, the structure offers a simple solution for bridging the level differences - with the help of a standard vertical lift, and not by a sloping upper carriage (‘funicular’). This is to minimize the signature on the wonderful Wadi landscape. For the same reason, the proposed building is only one story, and its roof is being restored as part of the development of the topography and vegetation route of the mountain.

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