The Raya and Josef Jaglom Auditorium
Designed by: Yuval Cadmon Architects
The Raya and Josef Jaglom Auditorium is a new wing of the George S. Wise Senate Building. The auditorium provides seating for 200 people, and was designed to become the formal meeting hall for the Board of Governors and Senate members. It is also used as a lecture hall for conferences and special events. In both its architecture and design, the auditorium wing, located in the south-eastern part of the building, completes and enhances the Senate Building, originally designed by the same architects in the 1990s.
The George S. Wise Senate Building is located at the meeting point of the main axes crossing the campus – from north to south, and from east to west. The new auditorium was designed as an independent wing of the building, serving as a connecting link and rotation point to the building’s existing wings which are aligned with the main axes of the campus. The cylindrical semi-hovering form of the new wing reflects the auditorium’s inner structure. The modest yet elegant cladding of the façades in light-colored stone with glass and exposed concrete accents relates to the architectural language of the Senate building and other adjacent buildings.
The interior design of the auditorium was done with great care, harmoniously combining the seating arrangement, wall cladding, colors, ceiling and lighting design with the geometry of the interior space, all of them giving the hall a quiet and dignified architectural character. The entrance lobby to the Senate building – a three-story space filled with natural light – has now become the foyer of the auditorium, whose curved façade can be seen from the foyer’s large windows.