Observation Tower on Mount Scopus | מגדל תצפית בהר הצופים
Jerusalem's architectural legacy leaves little room to create new and innovative landmarks that enhance the beauty of the city. The redevelopment of the existing water tower on Mount Scopus on the Hebrew University campus represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do just that and make a lasting contribution to the city's heritage.
When completed, the Observatory will immediately become an international landmark that celebrates Jerusalem's national and historical importance. For a city with such a wealth of magnificent sights Jerusalem, today lacks a location from which to admire them all. The Observatory will be that location. Its open spaces will serve as galleries, with the rooftop providing breathtaking views from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean. It will be a place for visitors to absorb the enormity of events that have shaped the whole planet. A place to learn about the modern Jerusalem and to dream about its future.
The Observatory will be an official meeting place for the University and for visiting dignitaries and tourists. Its exhibition centre will highlight Israeli achievements in the arts, science, and innovation. The visitor's journey through the Observatory will incorporate themes of light, combined with stunning views of the city. The entrance to the visitor will not be exposed to natural light. As they climb past the two galleries, visitors will be treated to magnificent views beyond the metal and glass additions that extend over nine meters.
The Hebrew University has played a significant role in Israel's history, with key achievements in the fields of science, technology, art, and research originating within the University. As well as sharing a physical space with the University, the Observatory also shares its vision. It honours the achievements of the past while looking to the future with confidence.