Award winning museum building in an historic community precinct incorporating exhibitory and upgrading of heritage buildings within the complex.
The brief asked the architect to join the existing Great Synagogue to a new structure that would act as the museum, housing three zones: ’Memory’, ‘Reality’ and ‘Dream’. Amongst other specifications, it was required that the building was to be filled with natural light and have views of table mountain. The architects created a building with large, simple open spaces ideal for the nature of a museum. The exterior of the building was finished in Jerusalem Sandstone. Overall the marriage of the two structures was a considered union. While the museum respects the historic site it also provides the museum with the contemporary face needed by a modern museum.