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Published: 30 Nov 2011

Israel’s Angular Underground Museum

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This month, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel opens its doors to an architecturally progressive, visually dramatic new wing, designed by US-based architects Preston Scott Cohen

The ultra-angular Herta and Paul Amir Building is mainly underground, with three of its five storeys stacked beneath the surface, each built at a different axis.

At the building’s centre is Lightfall – an 87 ft-high, spiralling atrium that floods the predominantly subterranean space with natural daylight. For more examples of visionary underground architecture, see Subterranean Spaces.

With the new addition, the museum now boasts more than 18,000 sq ft of galleries – as well as a library – displaying works of art, design, architecture, and photography.

Preston Scott Cohen

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