Architecture is often charged with political power, as throughout history some of the most memorable buildings have had a strong connection to political power and influence. A heartbreaking event that came to its conclusion in 2014 and shook the very existence of the Israeli politics, is the so called Holyland Park affair, which brought to the conviction of former Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, over accepting bribes in this corruption case. This complex of about 1,200 apartments that came to change, or perhaps I should better say destroy the skyline of beautiful Jerusalem has been at the center of a scandal. Since its groundbreaking in 1995, when the Holyland Hotel that housed the famed open air model of ancient Jerusalem (now housed at the Israel Museum) was removed, and this ugly monster Jerusalem has ever experienced erected, many critics have been questioning the integrity of this complex, until all questions were answered this year. The two images below depict the model of ancient Jerusalem.
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