The music centre, built in 1997 commemorating the pianist Felicja Blumenthal, serves as a cultural centre and houses Israel's largest classical-music library. The building facing Bialik Square (named after Haim Nachman Bialik, Israel's national poet) in the historic centre of Tel Aviv is the contemporary layer that has now been added to this unique district, which is a kind of micro document of the architectural history of the city from the 1920s to the 1950s. Here we find the first Tel Aviv municipal building constructed in the eclectic period of the 1920s and also buildings dating from the 1930s, when the International Style, brought from Germany by refugee architects, was the dernier cri. The powerful presence of the building in the square emanates not from efforts to distinguish it from its environment by creating an architectural icon, but by being an integral part of that environment.
More than any other buildings designed by Portugali the music centre is a coherent presentation of the architect's holistic-phenomenological and humanistic world view in architecture, a world view placed at the forefront of current scientific discourse as a whole, as well as complying with the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy, two sources that she is associated with. The book is intended to trigger wide public debates about the central issues within the 21st-century public challenge to architecture about how contemporary architecture should intervene in an existing urban environment with clear historical values, using the full potential inherent in modern society.