The Ben-Gurion University Senate Building was designed to serve as the University’s administrative center, and contains offices, the Senate Hall, and an exhibition space. The building, which faces the campus’s main entrance plaza, on the main lengthwise pedestrian axis, is shaped like a monolithic cube with sandstone cladding, and encloses a circular inner courtyard. The main entrance to the plaza and to the building is designed like a cleft carved into the rock of a canyon. The courtyard, open towards the building and closed towards the desert, constitutes an inner world that is protected against the winds and shaded from the sun. The use of an inner courtyard that the public spaces face onto is a characteristic element of residential buildings in the Mediterranean and desert regions. The Senate Hall is shaped like an inclined cone, has a cladding of sandstone bricks, and stands in a narrow space that creates a tension towards the wall of the central building.

Administration center
Client: Ben-Gurion University
Area: 6,000 sq.m