Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bringing the sky inside

For SkyWatch Friday here is the sky over Israel's Supreme Court Building.

This shot is from Sacher Park.
No, those are not graves in the foreground, only ventilation openings for the road tunnel below.
On the right is the pedestrian bridge we talked about a week ago that leads up to the main entrance of the Supreme Court Building.
In the center of the building is the tinted panoramic window we looked out of and saw much of Jerusalem below.

I have read that the architects, Ada Karmi-Melamede and her brother Ram Karmi, like to combine modernist universal design principles with a Mediterranean building style, e.g. sensitivity to climate and regard for the importance of the relationship between light and shade in a land blessed with sun.

If you have been following this blog's tour for the past week, you know how well the Karmis succeeded. The interior of the building is indeed bathed in soft indirect natural light.
During the day no electric lighting is needed.
From almost every place in the building you have a chance to sky watch.


Robin said...

Such a wonderful building. It's everything that architecture should be.

Spiderdama said...

Looks warm! Great building and shots.

Cloudia said...

Love the building, the light, all your words, Dina!


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Rafael said...

i like that building's structure!

JewWishes said...

What excellent captures of sky and architecture. The contrasts of light are fantastic.

What a beauty of a building.

Shabbat Shalom!

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Arija said...

Dina, your skies are as uniformly blue as ours, with hardly a cloud in sight. Nice shots.

J Bar said...

Interesting structures.
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Suzanne said...

I think that the Supreme Court building is absolutely gorgeous and of course I love the Biblical references inside and out.

Louis la Vache said...

The architects did indeed succeed. This appears to be a splendid building. This has been a fabulous series, Dina.

RuneE said...

The right mixture of shadow and light is important, both inside and outside. The architect seems to have managdet it well.

Thank you for the comment - I wouldn't recommend a footstool, but perhaps a large snowball?

variety said...

what a wonderful building! great!

Laura Hegfield said...

I love the golden Jerusalem stone against the pale blue sky.

Kcalpesh said...

If you can see the sky from any part of the building then I must say it's a masterpiece.. great architecture!

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Reader Wil said...

It's such a beautiful building and each of your photos are a surprise and makes one wonder what the next corner of the building has in store for you.