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T+L Design Awards 2012

T+L Design Awards: Herta & Paul Amir Building, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Amit Geron / Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Best Museum
Herta & Paul Amir Building, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Designed by Preston Scott Cohen

Wedged into a tight, triangular site within the city’s central cultural complex, this piece of architectural origami uses a soaring, twisting, 87-foot-tall atrium, called Lightfall, to link a series of refreshingly uncomplicated galleries. In contrast to many dramatically shaped new art museums, it succeeds in being at once breathtaking and deferential to the art on display.

From the Jury

“The Tel Aviv museum is quite a piece of sculpture, but it is a sculpture that accepts art.” —Billie Tsien, architect

Honorable Mention: Clyfford Still Museum, Denver; designed by Allied Works Architecture; 1250 Bannock St.; 720/354-4880; clyffordstillmuseum.org.

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