Israel planning new performing arts center

Plans have been unveiled for the construction of a 48,000-square-foot performing arts center, music and dance conservatory in Ashkelon, Israel.

Designed by renowned French architect Manuelle Gautrand in collaboration with Israeli architect Batya Swirk Malul, the center will boast two performance auditoriums, music and dance schools and a public square for outdoor performances.

“We hope it will serve as an architectural icon and propel Ashkelon as a cultural hub for art, music and dance,”  said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America. Groundbreaking on the two year project is set to begin in April 2013. The $16.2 million structure will resemble a stack of boxes with a perforated metallic-sheet covering, with an open-terrace lookout point with sweeping views of the Southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.