Kimmel Eshkolot Architects has won the competition to design the Kaplan North Masterplan, covering an area of 32,000 square meters in central Tel Aviv. Once a secretive and secluded area, the space has been opened to new development due to the decision to relocate the headquarters of the IDF.
“Located between one of the city’s busiest intersections and its cultural center, the design creates a new gateway to Tel Aviv, which will be an innovative series of structures that will connect this fragmented area,” with the goal of creating a “sustainable coexistence between a busy urban space and an intimate residential neighborhood.”
The masterplan is separated into two sections—the west side and the east side. The western portion features the Sarona garden, an open urban space that encourages spontaneous leisure activities, gatherings, and events like small concerts. It will also serve as a site for art exhibitions, with the ambition of hosting temporary pavilions, in a similar manner as London’s Serpentine Gallery. Furthermore, several small listed buildings will occupy the western side of the plan, and will incorporate extensive shading elements, as well as a water feature.
The east side of the plan will be comprised of a more dense arrangement of buildings, each of which will contain a gradual shift in program from public use at the bottom to private use at the top.
Learn more about the project here.
LocationTel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Design TeamEtan Kimmel, Michal Kimmel Eshkolot, Michael Hinitz, Yaara Gooner, Omri Ron, Ruth Gerstle
PhotographsCourtesy of Kimmel Eshkolot Architects
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