The landscape of the Palestine has the ‘worked’ quality of a city; every element of it has been touched and tells a story of intervention, production, culture, environment and commerce. Like a city, the terraced landscape has embedded within it its history. The approach to the Palestinian Museum is to draw on this history of the terraced landscape, embedding the museum into its immediate site and drawing from this site to tell a larger story of a diverse culture. The site is formed through a series of cascading terraces, created by field stone walls which trace the previous agricultural terraces of the area.
Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine
Architect: Heneghan Peng Architects
Landscape architect: Lara Zureikat
Project management: Projacs International
Local partner: Arabtech Jardaneh
Area: 3,500 sqm