Yeshiva Porat Yosef

Jerusalem, Israel, 1970

Constructed on the site of a yeshiva (rabbinical college) destroyed in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, Yeshiva Porat Yosef sits on the rock escarpment that rises from the Western Wall plaza offering spectacular views of the Temple Mount and El Aqsa mosque, the Old City walls, the Mount of Olives, and an Arab village. The 13,650-square-meter college engages the cliff and rises ten stories across the site from east to west. A multi-level arcaded passage divides the site in two. Above it, residences for 400 students stretch along the ridge of the hill and arch over a large, main dining hall. Below the circulation arcade, the academic facilities include classrooms, study halls, a library, an auditorium, and a public synagogue. On the exterior, concrete arches emerge above the warm stone walls, arcades, ramped passages, and apertures to echo the domes of the city's shrines. Made with an aggregate of Jerusalem stone, the sand-blasted arches match the color of the masonry walls.

Project Type: Academic

Client: Yeshiva Porat Yosef

Size: 146927