A Travel Guide for Israel
The Leaders of Design, a group of renowned designers and architects, recently took a trip to Israel to explore the country’s rich design culture. Our Principal and Chief Creative Officer, Francis Nicdao, joined for this inspiring adventure.
During their visit, the group was able to experience the unique blend of ancient and modern architecture and gain insight into the ways in which history and culture have influenced design in Israel. The trip was a source of inspiration for the designers, who were able to take away new ideas and perspectives to incorporate into their own work. Francis shares some of his highlights to spark inspiration for your next trip to Israel.
The Dead Sea
Located at the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea offers a tranquil setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. But it’s not just the therapeutic properties of the saltwater that make this destination unique. The surrounding landscape features fascinating rock formations and stunning views that have been a source of inspiration for architects and designers alike. From the minimalistic design of the spa and resort buildings to the organic shapes of the surrounding terrain, the Dead Sea is a haven for those seeking inspiration in nature.
Jerusalem is a city rich in history and cultural significance. The city’s Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a glimpse into the past with its ancient architecture, narrow streets, and bustling bazaars. The Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, and Church of the Holy Sepulchre are just a few of the iconic landmarks that showcase the city’s diverse cultural and religious heritage. Not only do the historical landmarks make Jerusalem an inspiring destination for designers, the city’s modern architecture, such as Moshe Safdie’s Mamilla Alrov Center, offers a striking juxtaposition to the ancient structures and showcases the evolution of design in Israel.
THE WORLD HOLOCAUST AND REMEMBRANCE CENTER
The Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, serves as a reminder of the atrocities committed during World War II. It is a powerful reminder of the role that design and architecture played during this dark period in history. The museum’s building, designed by Moshe Safdie, is a symbolic representation of the Holocaust with its angular lines and voids and the exhibits both showcase the importance of design in shaping our understanding of history and serve as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
The Israel Museum
A collection of art and artifacts that span centuries and civilizations can be found at the Israel Museum. Its modernist architecture, designed by Ron Arad and Bruno Asa, serves as a fitting backdrop for the diverse collection of exhibits. The museum’s design elements, such as the use of natural light and the integration of outdoor spaces, showcase the importance of context in design and the ways in which architecture can serve to enhance the user experience.
PERES CENTER FOR PEACE
The Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa is a unique architectural gem dedicated to promoting peace and understanding in the region. Visitors can take part in educational programs, attend lectures, and explore the museum, which showcases the history and vision of the peace process in the Middle East. The center’s interlocking geometric design, created by architect Massimiliano Fuksas, reflects its mission of bringing together different perspectives and ideas.
Tel Aviv is a bustling metropolis that is home to some of the world’s most exciting architecture and design. From the Bauhaus buildings of the White City to the modernist towers that dot the city skyline, Tel Aviv is a testament to the evolution of design in Israel. The city’s vibrant art scene, world-class museums, and lively nightlife make it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in design and architecture.
Israel is a captivating destination for architecture and design enthusiasts. From ancient sites in Jerusalem to modern buildings in Tel Aviv, the country boasts a diverse landscape of design and innovation.