The Dan David Archaeology Building will be home to the largest collection in the world of archaeological objects from the Land of Israel, representing the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the country and illuminating the history of the people that inhabited the land over the past 5,000 years.
The ca. 200,000 sq. feet Dan David Archaeology Building will occupy the entire eastern building of the Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel and will be the main venue for the collection, conservation, exhibition and education of the archaeology of the Land of Israel and the fascinating archaeological work conducted in the laboratories. In addition to housing nearly two million archaeological objects in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for State Treasures, and the largest collection of Dead Sea Scrolls in the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Center for Dead Sea Scrolls, the Dan David Archaeology Building will be home to Israel's main archaeological library, viewable conservation and restoration centers, exhibition galleries and a roof top exhibition garden, an open courtyard with a rain-water pool, an archaeological education center and more.
The design concept is premised on making the building a metaphor for archaeological excavations. All indoor space is located below street level so that the view across the valley is unencumbered, even as one enters the building. The building palette is a counterpoint of earthly, hand-dressed stone set against glass and silver metal walls - all under the floating, dark canopy.