Giving Israel's National Library a New Home, Without Destroying the Old

Although the current design competition for the National Library, which follows an earlier contest that was nullified, calls for a new structure, architects should suggest a less wasteful retooling of the existing one.

A few months ago, the competition for the design of a new structure for the National Library in Jerusalem was canceled. Earlier this month, the Israel National Library Construction Company, which represents Yad Hanadiv ‏(as the Rothschild Foundation in Israel is called‏), announced its intention to hold a new competition. Yad Hanadiv has pledged some $150 million for the building of the new facility.