Edmond de Rothschild Center
Client: Edmond de Rothschild Foundation Israel
Architect: Plesner Architects
Photo: Asaf Pinchuk
The external appearance of the Edmond de Rothschild Center is reflective of the Rothschild Foundation’s mission, which is the promotion of culture and its accessibility to all people. In this spirit, the building is not fenced in, and the lighting invites the passersby to stop and look at the circular water fountain, from which emerges a water channel illuminated on the outer perimeter. The windows have been illuminated by hidden lights in the upper beams, thus emphasizing the structure of the windows and shutters, both characterized by classical periodic elements. The ground floor of the building is occupied by a gallery filled with rotating art exhibits. The lighting is devised of hidden bands in light-colored gypsum strips with adjustable spots with zoon to allow for maximum flexibility of lighting to highlight the displayed works.
The entrance to the various rooms passes through doors which represent the French designer of the Baroness de Rothschild, utilizing hammered blackened brass, and illuminated by a spot in the floor accentuating this unique feature of each door. The steps leading up to the roof, which serves as an open space for events, are adorned by globular lighting fixtures which hang at various heights are harmonious with the vertical structure of the stairs.