- Award Cycle:Status:ShortlistedCountry of origin:PalestineLocation:Birzeit, PalestineClient:Taawon-Welfare Association / Palestinian Museum, Ramallah, PalestineArchitect:Heneganh Peng Architects, Dublin, IrelandDesign:2012-2013Size:40,000 m²Completed:2016
The Museum, clad in local limestone, crowns a terraced hill overlooking the Mediterranean. Its design was directly inspired by the surrounding rural landscape with which it blends seamlessly. Not only does the building interact aesthetically with its environment but it also is the recipient of the LEED Gold certification as a result of its sustainable construction techniques. The gardens cascading down the edifice tell the history of Palestine’s vegetation and agriculture, whilst the interior highlights Palestinian culture in its galleries, educational and research facilities, and administrative offices. The Museum aims to promote Palestinian culture in the Arab world and internationally – not only as a memorial to its past but also as an incubator for creative projects and programmes in the present and the future.