2013-2014 Cultural

The exhibition design suggests to engage the visitors with coherent understanding and respect to the space

This project was an overhaul of the historic Ottoman-era mosque building in Be'er Sheba to create the new museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures, in spaces that were previously inaccessible to the public. The project is composed of an interior gallery space to host temporary exhibitions, and an outdoor exterior space of a courtyard that houses a permanent exhibition of a selection of Muslim archaeological finds from Israel, as well as an education room for school groups. We turned the building into a museum with the aim to create a spatial narrative that engages the historical building. The design was accomplished with great respect for the original monument.

Project credits:


Gross floor area: 700 m²

Architecture & Exhibition design: Shilo Ben Aroya Architects

Commissioner: Kivunim – the municipal company for recreation culture in Beer Sheba

Museum Director: Dr. Dalia Manor, The Negev Museum of Art

Curator: Dr. Sharon Laor-Sirak

Archaeological curatorial: Ayelet Grover, Dr. Ayala Lester, Alegre Savareigo- from the Israel Antiquities Authority

Project Managers: A.A.Engineering: Gil Shamgar, Dalia Sel

Production: Dadoline

Photography: Amit Giron

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