Five undulating horizontal ribbons of weathered steel—in bright orange, deep red, and rust brown—wrap the Design Museum Holon, Israel’s first museum of design. London-based Ron Arad Architects chose Cor-Ten steel for its integrity, as a material that is “not coated or masked,” explains Asa Bruno, the firm’s co-director.
The $17 million, 38,000-square-foot building is set on a gentle slope and is part of a large cultural complex in Holon, 4 miles south of Tel Aviv. After nearly four years of construction, the two-story building opens February 2. It will display Israeli and international creations, including fashion, furniture, technology, and architecture.