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HP:Mercury 3 / Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects

  • 01:00 - 5 January, 2012
HP:Mercury 3 / Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects
HP:Mercury 3 / Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects, © Amit Goren
© Amit Goren

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi, Modi'in Ilit
  • Architects

    Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects and Planners
  • Partner In Charge

    Amir Mann
  • Design Team

    Asaf Mann, Danny Rozen, Sivan Hecht, Amit Haas
  • Project Manager

    Amnon Regev
  • Client

    Mercury Interactive/HP (The Israeli start-up company Mercury Interactive was bought by Hewlett-Packard mid-construction)
  • Construction

    Omer Construction & Engineering
  • Area

    20000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

From the architect. HP/Mercury 3 is the third building designed and built for HP, as part of an HP office campus in Yehud, near Tel Aviv.

© Amit Goren
© Amit Goren

HP 3 consists of an 8 floor high wood clad "egg", which forms the building's core, and includes all the service functions, as well as the meeting rooms, kitchenettes and the 250 seats auditorium. The "egg" is surrounded by open space work stations for 800 engineers, and is adjacent to an 8 floor high atrium.

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© Amit Goren

The design of the building reflects the sophisticated high-tech functions which it houses:

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© Amit Goren

The envelope of the building is seemingly a simple steel, aluminum and glass cube, yet from its center rises a huge wooden "egg". A sharp contrast is created between the cold, angular, metalic envelope, and the warm, curvy wood-clad egg, which is washed in natural sunlight. The egg is seen from every part of the building – the open work areas, and the atrium which runs through all the floors. The egg finally emerges through the roof, next to a public terrace.

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© Amit Goren

The interaction between the central egg, the open office space and the atrium creates a unique working environment:

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© Amit Goren

The core area, which is usually a dark, closed off space, is designed as a building within a building - a spatial body floating within the glass envelope. It give the open work spaces surrounding it a warm wooden center, which serves as a prominent anchor and allows for clear orientation.

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© Amit Goren

The public spaces are designed to encourage maximum random social/professional interactions, through the use of an open central staircase and multiple bridges which criss-cross the atrium.

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© Amit Goren

HP 3 has won several national architecture prizes, including a prize for office buildings design by the Israeli Architecture Magazine, and a prize by the Association of

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© Amit Goren
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11 Comments

Danny Rozen · January 09, 2012

Hi all,
Just to set the facts straight (or diagonal..):
I was the architect in charge of this building all through the design and through most of the construction. I can assure you that, as Bugo says - We were never aware of Grimshaw's building, as it was not published until after the HP building was nearly finished. At that point, we were startled at the resmemblence ourselves (We did know Rogers' law courts). BUT - we were actually not so surprised, because we had spent a long time looking for alternatives for the wood cladding of the "egg" element, until we realized that the only way to achieve smooth coverage of such a form with flat planks of wood is to go in diagonals, which enable the double curvature without suffering a warping of the planks as they are bent (we called it the "banana" effect"). This is why both Rogers and Grimshaw used the excact same method: going in proper horizontals or verticals is not an option with planks. As we intended to use the much stiffer PRODEMA, and not natural wood (which we did eventually use for everything but the rooftop exterior bit), flexibility issues were even more crucial to the selected solution.

bLogHouse · January 07, 2012

I usually give the benefit of the doubt for look-alike designs, but this one is a shameless rip-off of Grimshaw's EMPAC in Troy, NY. Even the material of the "egg" is the same. Blatant plagiarism!

bugo · January 08, 2012 12:23 PM

I would not think of it as a rip off because Grimshaw’s EMPAC in Troy was completed in about the same times as the HP building and was not published during its construction period.
Great minds probably think alike, or read Rogers' books

suri · January 07, 2012

cool building, awful architects.

shin · January 08, 2012 12:24 PM

what do you mean awful architects?

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Poulin Giroux Alexandre · January 06, 2012

Le toit est emballant. L'utilisation d'un métal clair pour toute la façade du bâtiment est intéressant. Le bâtiment a été bien réalisé.

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plots · January 06, 2012

looks an awful lot like Grimshaw's work on EMPAC

AJ · January 07, 2012 02:38 AM

I'm with you, although I thought of Richard Rogers' Bordeaux Law Courts

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