The new museum is a cultural compass organised along two axes that symbolise Palestine as the home of ancient civilisation, the ‘Jericho’ Axis, and Palestine as the spiritual home of 3 world religions - the ‘Jerusalem’ axis. Visitors will approach the museum along these routes from the crown of the hill and from the heart of the University respectively.
The museum buildings rise like interconnected Throne Villages from the terraced landscape. Alcoves, stairs and more intimate galleries are built into the thick walls formed of rough-cast, dry-mix mass concrete that is coloured in stratified layers using the subtle differences found in the regional limestones. These perimeter spaces are gathered around flexible, covered courts - and the stairs continue up to interpretative roof gardens taking the visitor back to their car via wonderful views of the surrounding hills and the distant Mediterranean.
The museum is both a meeting place and a melting-pot, a place for cultural discourse and exchange, designed to celebrate the achievements and confidence of its people.