Israeli Lounge Kennedy Center

Israeli Lounge Kennedy Center

Israeli Lounge Kennedy Center

Located on the Box Tier level of the Concert Hall, the Lounge serves as a multifunctional lounge, providing the Concert Hall patrons a space to congregate and refresh.  At other times, the space may be used for dinner events, presentations and to host people from around the globe to connect and reflect on an important part of the world.



 



Project Proposal



In Judaism, a mantle is a sleeveless cloak signifying leadership. This simple fabric garment has inspired the curvilinear wall and ceiling design for the Israeli Lounge. As one enters the space, the mantle is draped over each of us, a sign of responsibility, service, and vision. These principles are consistent both with John F. Kennedy’s ideals, and Israel today, as she celebrates 70 years as a state and looks towards the future.



Judaism teaches that time has a positive direction, and the world is moving from conflict to redemption. Time has another sacred dimension as well: A moment where the past, present, and future meet. The Torah’s word for holy time is “moed”, which is also the word for gathering place. The Israeli Lounge is a place for people to live out these special moments. Where patrons, neighbors, and visitors alike meet to connect, experience, and reflect. A space outside the everyday, where clear presence and mindful awareness might help leverage creative energy. Time is embodied within the materials that shape the Lounge. Jerusalem stone panels on the east end wall and long wall bases represent the past, the black reflective resin floor and west end wall symbolizing the future; and the undulating, pearlescent finish, venetian plaster “Mantle” ceiling and walls giving form to the present moment. Plaster was chosen for its ability to luminously reflect different light qualities. The panel reveals are polished metal to reflect light differently. A unique Star of David pattern is used to panelize the Mantle, giving form to its undulating profile, and adding a gradient field of lighting apertures called the oculus. Together, this sophisticated mantle skin creates a seamless shell of intimate spaces. 



 


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The Lounge, fitted on a shell 59 feet long by 20 feet wide and 20 feet high, was originally designed by Raphael Blumefield and has remained virtually unchanged throughout the years.
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The Mantle Ceiling is formed as a fabric of time. Suspended in the air, symbolizing the present moment, enveloping visitors with a spirit of responsibility and optimism.
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Building within a Building Inspired by Edward Durrell Stone’s Kennedy Center concept an acoustically isolated and experientially distinct building, the Lounge creates an immersive environment for the arts and democracy, in the deep belief that one supports the other.
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The Lounge’s new image shall be a celebration of the country of Israel and Jewish culture, using both historical and contemporary references. 
Location
Washington D.C.
Typology
Cultural
Design Team
Guillermo Gonzalez, Edna Echandi, Tim Fryatt, Eugene Murphy, Sabdiel Diaz, Jose R. Marchand
Rendering Credits
Marvel Architects
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