Built by Bauhaus student Arieh Sharon, inspired by the Yoruba people
While the Israeli architect Arieh Sharon was brooding over the new build for what is now the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria in 1960, he had big problems with the climate. How do you build a university in the Tropics in such way that the students can keep a cool head?
But Sharon had already early on grappled with the impact of the weather on the planning of building – namely at the Bauhaus in Dessau …
… where he studied architecture under Hannes Meyer in the late 1920s. Meyer insisted on carrying out various empirical preliminary studies before every construction project (a completely new thing at the time!) and integrated his buildings into the landscape.
In 1931 Sharon went to Israel, where his buildings had a crucial impact on the way Tel Aviv looks. In 1949, now Chief Architect in the Government Planning Department, he even drew up a Master Plan for the whole of Israel …
Text / Concept / Realisation: Cornelia Jeske
Editing: Astrid Alexander, Cornelia Jeske
Translation: Catherine Hales, Stephan Schmidt
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