heneghan peng architects

Palestinian Museum

Birzeit, Palestine

The landscape of the Palestinian Museum has the ‘worked’ quality of a city; every element of it has been touched and tells a story of intervention, production, culture, environment, commerce. Like a city, the terraced landscape has embedded within it its history. The approach to the Palestinian Museum is to draw on this history of the terraced landscape, embedding the museum into its immediate site and drawing from this site to tell a larger story of a diverse culture.

Agricultural Terrace

The site is formed through a series of cascading terraces, created by field stone walls which trace the agricultural terraces of the area. The theme of the landscape, from the cultural to the native landscape, unfolds across the terraces with the more cultured and domesticated terraces close to the building, the planting changes gradually as one moves down the terraces to the west.

The cascade of terraces tells a diversity of stories, citrus brought in through trade routes, native aromatic herbs, a rich and varied landscape with connections east and west. Terrace themes include: • Cultural Landscapes and themes relating to culture and history • Agricultural Heritage • Relationship of plants to trade routes and commerce • Natural Landscapes and themes relating to wilderness and native plants, scrub lands, grass lands • Nature & Culture: Incorporation of native plants into domesticated agriculture and food/medicine

The Building

The building itself emerges from the landscape to create a strong profile for the hilltop both integrated into the landscape yet creating an assertive form that has a distinctive identity. The building is sited to take maximum advantage of the view to the west and is clad in a local limestone.

Fact sheet


Welfare Association

Project Managers

Projacs International


3,500 SM




Birzeit, Palestine


Landscape and Garden Design

Lara Zureikat

Local Partner (Structures, Civil, MEP, Cost)

Arabtech Jardaneh

Structures Civil Concept


Building Services Concept



Davis Langdon AECOM

Concept Lighting

Bartenbach Lichlabor




Antonio Ottomanelli



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