National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel
The new National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel is an important element in the composition of cultural and government buildings in Jerusalem. As the headquarters of the Israel Antiquities Authority, it reflects the civic identity of its mission, and as a public museum, provides an open and welcoming face to the city. Public functions include operational spaces such as conservation laboratories, archives, a library, offices, vaults and storage, as well as spaces to accommodate outreach.
Three courtyards step down the slope and are contained by wings housing the various program elements. One enters at the roof level, which faces the valley and descends into the complex. Two tensile-steel-and-fabric canopies cover the principal courtyard and the mosaic courtyard, referring to shading tents used for archaeological excavations.