Spoken Language

Jerusalem, Israel

June 2020

Open architectural competition

(Top 20 proposals)

In collaboration with Tav Group

Manual illustrations by Amir Erez

The new site chosen for the Academy of the Hebrew Language in Jerusalem is located in the midst of several other national institution buildings. In a manner befitting their status, each stands as a monolith, separated from the others by roads and parking lots, squares and green spaces. Our proposal attempts to weave together this unraveled landscape and create a living tapestry of human proportions – one that will offer its users a place to walk, linger and contemplate in; that embodies the spirit of Jerusalem and its alleyways, squares and gardens; is not elevated above its neighbors, but communicates in a spoken language, with its façades bordering the street, offering protection and breathing life.