Mamilla Hotel / Safdie Architects

© Timothy Hursley

Architects: Safdie Architects
Location: , Israel
Client: Alrov Luxury Hotels
Interior Design: Piero Lissoni
Total Cost: US $60 million
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Ardon Bar Hama, Courtesy of Mamilla Hotel


© Timothy Hursley

Located in what was once the no-man’s land between the Israeli and Jordanian sectors of Jerusalem, the Mamilla district forms the connection between the old and new cities. Within this district, the Mamilla Hotel is a quintessentially urban place, rising out of the network of alleys that connect the walled and the new cities of Jerusalem.

© Timothy Hursley

The design of the Mamilla Hotel combines the pattern of the old with cutting-edge modernity, a strategy representative of its location between the old and new city. The walls of the hotel are rendered in traditional Jerusalem limestone and the roofs are terra-cotta tile, creating a material continuity with the surrounding historic buildings.

main reception floor plan

Inside the hotel a paired-back, minimalist aesthetic contextualizes and frames the historic Jerusalem architecture. Traditional rough-faced running-bond masonry walls meet walls of the same material rendered in large, smooth blocks. By contrast, a bold, sculptural metal staircase moves through the skylit central atria between concrete floors. The 194-room hotel was designed in conjunction with the renowned Italian designer Piero Lissoni.

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Cite: "Mamilla Hotel / Safdie Architects" 29 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • moa

    really good Palestinian architecture.!!

  • Meitar

    I’ve been there. Much more impressive in real life!