Olam Center is an extraordinary project, only one of its kind. Imagine the possibility of a place of enlightenment, a peace center for the people of Israel, or Palestine, or visitors from any country. It is a place designed to promote dialogue, equality, love, compassion, and social awareness through an education on art and music. Those artists visiting this center will perform communal work and become its worldwide ambassadors.
Olam’s humane project offers an outlook re the construction of communities and of new connections that revolves around two areas: education and art. It will comprise an educational center, communal work, critical thinking, social economy, and ecosystems.
Through its varied activities (communication, meetings, production of resources, etc.), teachings will be applied directly within the center.
Other areas will be assigned specifically to art and artists with art production, residencies/workshops and exhibitions.
The architectural principles of Olam Center express the emergence of our potential born from the ground. Green roofs, covered in local plants and rocks, contribute to reinforce the unity with a natural site. The center has been designed to generate abundance and harmonious cycles of resources such as electric energy, water, and food. Olam is a concept for the world, designed to house the diversity of human race and likely to be reproduced anywhere in the world.
Thanks to its bioclimatic design, its architecture generates passive cooling and passive solar warming while isolating the different areas under extensive green roofs.
In addition, we will generate our own geothermal, solar, and wind energy.
We collect rainwater, as well as wind moisture, for irrigation. On the other hand, wastewater and sewage are ecologically processed through wetlands.
The landscape and central gardens are devoted to organic agriculture. There is a nursery, a hothouse, hydroponic systems, vertical crops, and facilities for producing compost. Compostable residues will be used to feed cattle, while the non-compostable will be converted into energy.
Part of the teachings will include the proper use of natural resources to help reduce the impact of consumerism. One of Olam Center’s main goals is to make the community self-sufficient.
Concrete (foundation and structure), steel (structure, stairways, woodwork), glass, local stones (walls, pavement, benches), rammed earth (walls), local woods (temple, details), straw (walls).