French studio Atelier d’Architecture Michel Rémon has just been announced as the winner of the international architecture competition for the Tel Aviv University Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre. The event was supported by the Moscow-based strategic urban planning consultancy Strelka KB.
This facility, part of the higher education cluster in Israel’s second most populous urban centre, is set to be one of the Middle East’s leading technological buildings, come completion in 2020.
Fending off competition from other prestigious firms and some 128 applications from all over the world, Michel Rémon and his team scooped the first prize with a design, which both fits into its context and represents ‘advanced progress in science, technology and innovation’, explain the organisers.
The three-storey building is defined by its external skin, which is made of slim, white vertical elements. And while it will appear rather window-less, careful care has been taken in order for it to balance light and temperature inside. Energy efficiency solutions in the building include special glass to optimise sun energy, natural ventilation, solar panels to cool the building and a rainwater collection system.
'We chose this competition because we like to challenge areas where science meets human endeavor and progress,' explains Atelier d’Architecture Michel Rémon’s Alexis Peyer. 'And nanoscience and nanotechnologies are one of the humanity's greatest endeavors. The most interesting and challenging aspect of this project was to design a very technical building specifically for scientific research while keeping a strong and iconic architecture dedicated to the Tel Aviv University campus.'
The firm has considerable experience in cutting edge buildings in the technological, research and education sectors; previous work includes the National Research Centre for Scientific Research and the Physics and Biology Laboratories for École Polytechnique, both in Paris, France.