Photo Credit: Hadas Parush / Flash 90
View of the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in Jerusalem, on November 5, 2018.

The Local Planning and Building Committee of the Jerusalem municipality has voted to approve plans designed by B. Pelleg Architects and Town Planners Ltd. to expand the Knesset building.

According to the proposal submitted to the city, the expansion will double the current floor space, adding new offices for Knesset members, kitchens and dining rooms, committee rooms, offices for the Central Elections Committee, and even bedrooms.

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The plans maintain the visibility of the original structure, its “architecturally unique” building and its “national and historical importance.” Height limits are intended to ensure that the new building does not conceal the current architecture.

Previous projects created by the Tel Aviv-based firm include three IKEA stores, the Air Traffic Control Tower at Ben Gurion International Airport, several Israeli Embassies abroad, Sapir Tower in Ramat Gan and Vered Tower in Givatayim.

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