Yitzhak Rabin Center
Tel Aviv, Israel, 2010
The Yitzhak Rabin Center was commissioned as a memorial to the slain Israeli leader. The centre includes a museum focusing on Rabin’s life and times, an auditorium, a research institute devoted to the study of the history of his era, a library and archive, and a multipurpose great hall. The complex is located in northern Tel Aviv on an escarpment atop an abandoned wartime emergency power-generating station. The power station’s outer wall forms a clifflike structure overlooking the Yarkon River. Above this structure, a two-storey arcade traverses east to west and opens to a roof terrace with views of the city to the south. The great hall and museum to the east and the library and research centre to the west frame the arcade. The great hall protrudes towards the south and affords dramatic vistas of the metropolitan region and the Mediterranean. The museum consists of a series of galleries arranged around a two-storey descending spiral, each one devoted to a chapter in Rabin’s life. Both the great hall and the library are roofed by a series of undulating, curved, shell-like elements, overhanging and shading the glazed walls and reflecting diffused light inward. Safdie also designed Rabin’s tomb, located on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem’s National Cemetery.
Project Type: Cultural
Client: The Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies
Associate Architect - Zahi Halberstadt Architecture