The theme of this competition is  "Concept and Notation", which provided us with an unprecedented opportunity to leave the usual architectural keywords and to realize concepts and inclinations. How to transform the "concept", which is on the contrary of "built construction", to aesthetic "images", finally to "building language" to reward "built construction", is what we were discussing at first. And how to add "notation" to the architecture as a symbol of history and culture, is what we were learning and practicing during the process of design. The final result of the design, rather than an architecture and a visual, is an architectural-ized "concept", and a visualized "notation".


What are we talking about when we talk about architecture? Space, light, form, facility. Long have we used these words to describe the things we designed and built. and long haven’t we free our buildings and mind from a collection of “professional” words and perspectives.



What we want to do is to design a museum in the simplest form - a pure black box, and in the most complicated way - the history of religions in Jerusalem. We use the twisted relationship of Christianity, Judaism and Islamism in this land to generate the entrance, the hall, the corridor and the exit. Then we use the logic of geometry to regulate the walls and floors.  And in the end we use the religious icons to specify the details and materials. 

Now we have something comes purely from the concepts, the symbols, the movement of pilgrims, the interactions between groups, the new language - the crystallization of religions and history. Every space in this museum relfects a specific historical event, so can we say that this is not an architecture anymore? Will it be a record, a scupture, a cemetery, or even an epic?




After this design, we may have more questions to ask: can architecture itself tell the stories, can it illustrate the intentions without help, or can it be the one who enjoy its own prosperity? When the museum doesn’t need the exhibits anymore, when the architecture can exhibit itself, maybe it’s the time for the building to say: “I am who I am.”