Wohl Centre

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The Wohl Centre

The Wohl Centre serves as a convention center for the main campus of Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel (the building itself is situated just outside the campus, within the boundaries of Giv'at Shmuel). It was built between 2001 and 2005 and covers about 42,000 square feet (3,900 square meters). The building, designed by the internationally-renowned Daniel Libeskind and a local architecture firm, the Heder Partnership, has been noted for its stark exterior and uncluttered interior.[1] In 2006, the Wohl Centre won a RIBA International Award for its architecture.[2]


The building, which was Daniel Libeskind's first in Israel, was built on a relatively small budget. The ILS43 million ($7.2 million) it cost to construct the center came in part from British philanthropist Maurice Wohl.[3]

Three long rectangular "bars" comprise the building's base, above which rests a 1,000-seat auditorium.[4] The center's angular form evokes an open book and, according to Libeskind, embodies "the interrelation between the dynamics of knowledge and the unifying role of faith." Hebrew letters inspired the shapes of the windows, which cut across a gold-colored aluminum exterior.[5]


  1. ^ "RIBA Awards/International", Architects' Journal, June 6, 2006: 77. 
  2. ^ RIBA, Winners 2006, retrieved 2008-06-19 
  3. ^ Studio Daniel Libeskind, The Wohl Centre, retrieved 2008-06-19 
  4. ^ Hecht, Esther (October 2, 2005), "The Building As Open Book", The Jewish Week: 1 
  5. ^ Halkin, Talya (October 31, 2005), "Libeskind building opened at Bar-Ilan", The Jerusalem Post: 2 

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