The National Library will be a living resource not only reflecting history but also shaping the future of Israel. This proposal will create a building that combines efficient and flexible planning with inspirational and memorable spaces for staff, users and visitors alike. The library will become an international symbol of learning. It will establish a new type of conceptual and architectural response to a national institution that reflects and manifests a more open and inclusive approach for the new millennium.
The design is understood as an integrated approach: the building is part of the landscape rather than an object on it. The architectural approach elevates the reading room and collections spaces of the library and suspends them above a landscape which is allowed to flow beneath the building, preserving views across the site and creating a sense of openness and welcome at ground level. The library is then organised by a series of terrace and courtyard spaces allowing education and culture as well as research and study to take place as part of this garden of knowledge.