Museum of Tolerance Receives Approval in Jerusalem

9 June 2011 (Last Updated June 9th, 2011 18:30)

The Jerusalem municipal planning committee has approved plans for the construction of the Museum of Tolerance in the city centre of Jerusalem, Israel. The project, being developed by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, is located on the site of a medieval muslim cemetery, the excavation of wh

The Jerusalem municipal planning committee has approved plans for the construction of the Museum of Tolerance in the city centre of Jerusalem, Israel.

The project, being developed by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, is located on the site of a medieval muslim cemetery, the excavation of which had lead to earlier controversy as hundreds of ancient skeletons were evacuated.

Changes from the original plan for the museum have been made by Chyutin Architects, following the rejection of a design by Frank Gehry, due to high costs.

The new building features three floors above ground and two floors underground, along with an archaeological garden with a Roman aqueduct at the centre of the site.

The museum structure is designed as a linear chunk, part of which is submerged and facing the archaeological garden, with the second part floating above street level.