Post 79: Jerusalem’s Natural History Museum is a Green-Roofed Subterranean Monument

Jerusalem’s Natural History Museum is a Green-Roofed Subterranean Monument

green roof, subterranean, natural history museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Although building a monument to nature is something of a contradiction in terms, o2a studio has done a wonderful job of finding balance between the built and unbuilt in this striking design for the Natural History Museum in Jerusalem. A subterranean facility with stone cladding, the museum is topped with a green roof that creates a continuation of the surrounding green space

green roof, subterranean, natural history museum, Jerusalem, Israel

By building underground, o2a has minimized site intervention and paid allegiance to Jerusalem’s karstic geological formations. But this strategy also minimizes the amount of energy that will be required to keep the building warm in winter in cool in summer as the earth’s ambient temperature will stabilize the internal environment.

green roof, subterranean, natural history museum, Jerusalem, Israel

In order to bring natural light into the cave-like environment, however, it was necessary to create portals that poke through the green landscape; each is marked by a red steel box that also delineates the museum’s various functions.

In addition to providing further insulation and capturing harmful storm water runoff, the green roof extends the natural surrounding public park coming from Ruppin Blvd. It also ensures that the local fauna and flora can continue to thrive in what o2a calls the museum’s “second nature.”

green roof, subterranean, natural history museum, Jerusalem, Israel

In keeping with much of the architecture in Jerusalem, the museum is clad in stone with a glass backdrop and overlaid with etchings of trees. The designers wanted to draw the distinction between what is artificial and nature instead of hiding from it, which somehow emphasizes nature’s transcendent superiority.

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On Hand in cartons: Cooking/Eating Passover Supplies 2014

● Stove – sandwich maker

● Cookset (1-2+ pots)

● Frying pan

● Pot grabber

● Food-storage canisters plastic-dairy and meat

● Water bottles

● Plates, bowls meat.

● Mugs/cups (measuring cups)

Kitchen Deluxe

Suggestions primarily for campground campers:

● Cutting board/surface

● Paring knife

● Spatula

● Bottle opener

● Corkscrew

● Measuring spoons-plastic 599 ml

● Hot-cold vacuum bottle

● Portable coffee/espresso maker

● Rolling ice cream maker

● Camp furniture (chairs, table)

● Dutch oven pot

● Plastic Tablecloths 14

● Egg holder(s)

● 500 ml measuring

● cups Kidush cup 100

● cooking bags 10

● al umin wrap small 100

● roll of foil

● Biodegradable soap 2 M

● paper towel roll

● Pot scrubber/sponge(s)m/d/f

● paper towel roll

● 2 packs napkins 100

● Foil sheets

● 200 gr coffee

● Trash bags; resealable bags

● 25 large paper bowls

● 50 small “ “

● 20 knives

● 50 small plate

● 150 spoons

● kiddush cups

● wine holder

● large and small bowls

● cereal bowls

● large paper coffee cups


Choose according to personal tastes and needs:

● Coffee

● drip coffee maker______________________



● salt, pepper, cin, nutmeg

● Spice – hot paprica

● Herbs?

● ______________________

Need to buy:

large plastic plates

soda water

● Hot-cold vacuum bottle

● canned tomato paste

● jelly

● potato starch

● matzah meal

● roasted chicken

● aluminum pans


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