National Library of Israel
The new National Library of Israel building in Jerusalem’s National District is located at the intersection of Kaplan Street and Ruppin Boulevard, across from the Knesset and adjacent to the Israel Museum.
The building was planned by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. Its double-height curtain walls are integrated with steel and have a natural wood finish. The curtain walls have blinds that provide improved thermal and acoustic performance and are impact resistant. A partially clear glass roof skylight includes photovoltaic cells in a double curvature geometric pattern. The opaque part of the structure will include 250 glass openings in 19 different shapes, composed of aluminum casting in combination with complex materials.