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The Condé Nast Traveller Innovation and Design Award for Culture Presented to Design Museum Holon in Israel, designed by Ron Arad
01 May 2009 -  31 August 2014
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The construction of Design Museum Holon, the highly anticipated creation by Ron Arad Architects will be completed during winter 2009. Significant in so many ways, the sweeping arcs in multi-coloured hues will be Ron Arad’s first ever commercial architectural project and is also the realization of a 16 year regeneration programme in the city of Holon, just out of Tel Aviv.

In 2004, Ron Arad Associates were invited by the Municipality of Holon to create a new Design Museum in Holon, envisaged as an international hub for innovation in the field of design. Ron Arad was briefed to design a structure that would be iconic and thus, could be featured on a postage stamp. After five years of construction, the museum, a fluid circular structure built with neutral tones of steel, is currently under construction and is scheduled to be inaugurated in the beginning of 2010.

Design Museum Holon accommodates two primary galleries and a number of diverse alternative exhibitions spaces in-between. As well as creating a leading creative arena for the field of design, Design Museum Holon will create an encompassing design experience for the general public, while seeking enriching dialogue between designers, curators and the audience. They aim to play a key role in changing the perception of the design- environment- community relationship by examining the holistic impact design has on urban spaces, using the city of Holon as a case study internationally.

The city of Holon, outside Tel Aviv, has been going through a regeneration programme for the past 16 year under the direction of its mayor, Motti Sasson, and the municipality managing director, Hana Hertsman who has initiated the project. Ms. Hertsman said: “Not only does this award acknowledge the incredible design of the architecture by Ron Arad, but also highlights the role of design and culture in Holon’s day to day life. We are turning the city of Holon into an entirely open gallery, in which art is accessible and available for all.”

EDITOR’S NOTES:

Ron Arad:
Since his career began in 1981, Ron Arad has exhibited at many major museums and galleries throughout the world. 2009 is a significant year for Arad with the completion  of Design Museum Holon, an unprecedented turn out to his retrospective at Centre Pompidou in Paris, and an exhibition in July at the MoMA New York, which is scheduled to move on to the Stedelijkn Museum in Amsterdam.

Design Museum Holon:
The Design Museum Holon accommodates two primary galleries and a number of diverse alternative exhibitions spaces in-between. As well as creating a leading creative arena for the field of design, Design Museum Holon will create an encompassing design experience for the general public, while seeking enriching dialogue between designers, curators and the audience. They aim to play a key role in changing the perception of the design- environment- community relationship by examining the holistic impact design has on urban spaces, using the city of Holon as a case study for the entire world.

The Condé Nast Traveller Awards for Innovation and Design:

An expert panel of judges, including Sir Nicholas Serota of TATE and Sir Christopher Frayling, former chair of the Arts Council and Rector of London’s Royal College of Art, compiled a shortlist of recent and innovative designs, revealed in a special supplement in the May issue of Condé Nast Traveller. 

For press information or visuals for the Design Museum Holon, please contact:

Jacob Peres
International
Communication Director
Tel: +44(0)7939 080506
jacob@jacobperes.com


 
 
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