The museum floats in the hart of the sea, unattached from grounding soil, lending itself to the wind’ the sun and the currents. It is a man-made creation based on a mathematical form, praising nature. A creation that shades light on the ecological tragedy of this unique place, reveals both the complexity and opportunity.
Image by Neuman Hayner Architects
Above sea level the building is composed of a great Möbius strip, which symbolizes infinity, timelessness, eternal and the power of nature compared to our brief human life.
The strip is a universal icon that cannot be attributed to nationality or politics, doesn’t take sides, and thus very relevant as a neutral attraction in the complicated region.
An island of sanity and hope.
The Möbius strip is a dynamic landmark in the open sea.
It defines views but doesn’t hide, it shades but doesn’t block the sun, it lets the wind and the water float through while defining the space.
It is a minimal structure with an impressive presence, in the midst of a site where minerals and natural resources are being brutally harvested, and there is a significance to that.
The Möbius strip is the docking space and the entrance to the submerged building, and the outdoor museum.
The translucent cylinder is the path of the visitor to the indoor halls, after walking on the strip itself, climbing to the peak, enjoying the view from above and the sculpture garden that unfolds throughout the curves.
The underwater halls enjoy the best facilities for displaying and curating art with moderate sun coming through.
The ceiling of the submerged halls, 20 cm below the sea level, lets the visitors enjoy the mystical atmosphere of “walking on water” surrounded by the sculptures and salt formations.
Sharon Neuman & Iftah Hayner’ Neuman Hayner Architects