It will be an academic institution from the Council for a Beautiful Israel, located by the Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus, which caters to the study of the sciences, and some of the Holy City’s most important institutions, including the Knesset and the Israel Museum.
The new sustainability center was donated by a former deputy mayor of New York City. It will have two floors of classrooms and conference rooms, an auditorium and a rooftop deck with a view of Sacher Park.
This comes as part of a larger trend across Israel: incorporating the surrounding environment into architecture, from vertical gardening in urban areas of Tel Aviv to the Gutman Visitation Center, built in 2010, which incorporated Jerusalem’s surrounding wooded areas into the buildings construction and design. In 2011, Israel passed stricter environmental building standards to help encourage such innovation.
Eshel Segal, director of the Council for Beautiful Israel, said that they conducted extensive environmental surveys to design a center that maximizes the use of natural light, reducing the facility’s dependency on electricity.
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