Design Museum Holon
Opened in 2010, the Design Museum Holon (Hebrew: למוזיאון העיצוב חולון) is the most important museum and cultural hub in Israel exclusively dedicated to design.
The museum, whose building was designed by renowned Israeli architect Ron Arad (b. 1951), is part of a long-term project aimed to develop Holon, a city a few miles south of Tel Aviv, into a cultural center of international importance.
The home of the museum is a fluid structure, mostly made in reinforced concrete and encompassing a total gross floor area of 40,000 square feet, which appearance is marked by six large ribbons made in Cor-Ten steel.
The building accommodates a 5,400-square-foot exhibition hall for large objects and installations, a more intimate 2,700-square-foot gallery, an array of smaller temporary exhibition spaces, a library, a material library, an auditorium, a cinematheque, workshop spaces, a design lab, a museum store, and a cafe. The main gallery is naturally lit through a semi-transparent roof equipped with an ingenious sunlight moderating system.
Design Museum Holon, schematic view, first-floor plan, elevations, and longitudinal sections; images Ron Arad Associates
Photos by Yael Pincus
Collection and activities
Along with being a museum, the center is intended as a cultural hub aimed to foster and promote innovation if the field of design in Israel, as well as to present the work of the most innovative international designers and design institutions.
The permanent collection of the Design Museum Holon, conceived as a work-in-progress, comprises a diverse ensemble of artifacts – industrial products, unique and small-edition objects, models, furniture, light fixtures, graphic and visual communication designs, textiles, fashion, jewelry, shoes, and accessories.
The collection is divided into 4 main thematic areas focused on Israeli design from the 1930s to 2000, on Israeli and international contemporary design from 2000 to the present, on specially-commissioned works, and on works by students from Israel’s schools of design.
The program of activities of the Design Museum Holon includes temporary exhibitions, lectures, conferences, educational programs for kids and families, guided tours, and special events.
Photos by Yael Pincus
Exhibition “Nendo; the space in between”, June – November 2016, installations views, photos by Takumi Ota
Cover image by Takumi Ota.
All photos courtesy of Design Museum Holon
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