Built on the hillside of Mount Scopus and overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, is a center for Brigham Young University’s middle eastern study abroad program. The complex contains a variety of teaching, research, and recital facilities in addition to housing up to 200 residential students and staff. The building’s details include extensive teak wood, glass windows, and native limestone.

“On the western slopes of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem … is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. … The building looks as if it has always been there and is as beautiful as the mountain itself.” — Ha’Aretz, Jerusalem, Israel


“The resolution of the building to the site is superb. The layering of the exterior light to the inside is deftly handled. The materials and details are handled masterfully, and the harsh Middle Eastern light is filtered and used to enhance the space and forms of the interiors. It is an elegant and modern interpretation of classical forms.” 

— AIA Honor Awards Jury Comment

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