UK-based architectural firm Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for the new Einstein Museum of Israel at the Mount Scopus Campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
The project is a joint venture between the President of Israel, the office of the Prime Minister and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The museum will be designed as a spherical building featuring an amphitheatre, focused on a bed of gyroscopic mirrors.
Sustainable features of the building include the mirrors, which will rotate and reflect sunlight onto a dark screen and create light shows.
Visitors can walk below the mirrors via an exhibition courtyard and the building’s façade will be made up of profiled stone ribs, which reveal an image of Einstein’s face from different viewpoints.
Foster + Partners said light will be used as a unifying theme throughout the interior, as each exhibition space draws on different lighting techniques to explore Einstein’s scientific theories.
The museum’s design will be conceived to shine a light on the life and achievements of Einstein.
The architectural firm said a series of development models for the Einstein Museum will be included in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in London, which opens on 10 June 2013.
Earlier in 2013, Foster + Partners completed the €59m renovation of Lenbachhaus Museum in Munich, Germany.
Image: Foster + Partners intends to design the museum as a spherical building featuring an amphitheatre. Photo: Courtesy of Foster + Partners.