Brain Research Center in Israel by Foster + Partners


Architects Foster + Partners have created decorative neural-patterned facade screens for the Jerusalem Medical Science Center

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has opened a Brain Research Center designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners. The center is located near the main pedestrian street of the university campus, so the architects decided to come up with an expressive facade for it, which would increase the attractiveness of laboratory research both among university employees and among new students.

The façade of the Brain Research Center consists of three decorative aluminum screens that resemble neurons. In fact, it is: the pattern was created on the basis of drawings by the Spanish neuroscientist Santiago Ramon y Cajal, depicting the neurological structure of the brain.

Inside the building, on the ground floor, there is a complex of classrooms, as well as an auditorium with 200 seats, a library, a cafe and a gallery with works of art related to the brain. The upper levels contain twenty-eight laboratories connected by bridges that act as a public space.

In the central In the courtyard of the Center for Brain Research, twenty-four grapefruit trees grow, and a stream runs along its entire length. The architects hope that scientists will rest in the courtyard of the center after a long hard work.

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