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Day Care Village Competition Entry / PRAUD

Providing services to 80 residents with developmental intellectual disabilities, the Day Care Village proposal by PRAUD sits on a site on the north-west side of Beer Sheba. The city provides facilities and community services to 700 people with developmental intellectual disabilities of various levels, and the project is part of their aim to support and assist those in need. Hence, the project must not only address the demand of day care center but also suggest a typology for day care center so that it can influence future development of service facilities in Beer Sheba. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Day Care Center Competition Entry / Uri Cohen Architects

With the city of Be’er Sheba standing out in the areas of education, architecture and environment, this proposal for the day care center, which won an honorable mention, is an opportunity for innovative thinking in social services and integration with the community. Designed by Uri Cohen Architects their plan suggests selective exposure to city life for the users, while keeping their privacy and giving the city areas for activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kfar Shmaryahu House / Pitsou Kedem Architects

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron
  • Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
  • Location: Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel
  • Design Team: pitsou kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
  • Area: 600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Amit Geron

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Museum of Nature and Science Winning Proposal / Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture

Designed by Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture, their competition winning proposal for the Museum of Nature and Science in Jerusalem emphasizes the desire to create an open, absorbent, breathing building – the type of building that communicates with the environment, and not a closed structure with fences and a guard. In accordance with the sustainable planning approach, the building's external appearance is restrained and modest, on the one hand blending into the environment, and on the other hand enveloping a flexible, multifaceted, and dynamic structure. More images and architects' description after the break.

Ramat Gan House 2 / Pitsou Kedem Architects

  • Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
  • Location: Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Design Team: pitsou kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
  • Site Area: 500 m2
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Amit Geron

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'Fields Of Knowledge' Sustainable Education Campus Second Prize Winning Proposal / ShaGa Studio + Auerbach-Halevy Architects/Ori Rittenberg(Rotem)

Awarded the second prize in the recent Ramat Efal Education Campus Competition, the ‘Fields of Knowledge’ proposal by ShaGa Studio + Auerbach Halevy Architects/Ori Rittenberg(Rotem) integrates a series of linear ‘knowledge fields’ into a rich and varied learning experience, weaving together exteriors and interiors, the public and the community. Evoking the memories of old agriculture fields in Ramat Efal, their design criticizes an existing plan that splits the campus into three divided plots and suggests instead an integration of both school & public programs within an overall ‘field condition’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Econtainer Bridge Competition Winning Proposal / Yoav Messer Architects

Based on the idea of resuse, the competition winning proposal for the Econtainer Bridge by Yoav Messer Architects will be the gateway to Arial Sharon park and will connect Lod road (route 461 which leads from east Tel Aviv to Bnei Atarot village) straight to Hiriya mountain in the center of the park. The 160-meter long bridge will be used by pedestrians, bicycle riders, and special vehicles that will function as shuttles to transport the public from the parking areas into the park itself. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Jerusalem Museum of Nature & Science Second Prize Winning Proposal / MYS Architects

Located in the heart of Jerusalem, next to Israel’s government assembly building, the second prize winning proposal in the Jerusalem Museum of Nature & Science competition creates a vibrant flexible building that integrates seamlessly into the landscape and urban setting. Designed by MYS Architects, their design approach was sustainability driven from the get go. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Yad Le’Banim Building Competition Entry - Cultural and Memorial Center / Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan

Designed by Irad Shomroni and Josef Shushan, the proposal for the Yad Le’Banim Building – Cultural and Memorial Center seeks to emphasize the duality between everyday life activities and commemoration. In a center that houses both cultural communal facilities that open daily and annual memorial ceremonies for casualties of war, the center is designed as a linear path. It gradually rises from Ramat Yishay’s main street, hovers above its surrounding garden, and eventually reaches a viewpoint towards the historical buildings of Ramat Yishay. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Eduardo Souto de Moura to receive Israel's prestigious Wolf Prize

Eduardo Souto de Moura © Francisco Nogueira
Eduardo Souto de Moura © Francisco Nogueira

Breaking news from Tel Aviv: The Wolf Foundation has announced that Pritzker Prize laureate Eduardo Souto de Moura will be honored with Israel’s prestigious Wolf Prize. The Portuguese architect was named “to reward his advancement of the craft and ideas of architecture.” Since 1978, Wolf recipients have been annually award to honor those who have advanced the fields of art and science. Often, they are considered to be strong contenders for Nobel prizes, as about one out of every three laureates in chemistry, physics and medicine have gone to receive the Nobel. Learn more after the break…

Yad Lebanim Competition Entry / Moshe Fluhr, Lee Davidson Lehrer, Yinnon Lehrer

The proposal for the ‘Yad Lebanim’ (Fallen Sons’ Commemoration) memorial homes are designed as programmatic hybrids, teaming a military memorial hall with a civic community center. Designed by architects Moshe Fluhr, Lee Davidson Lehrer, and Yinnon Lehrer, the project reflects a constant dualism in Israeli Society, struggling to exist between the extremes of past and present, war and peace, sacred and profane. The 2.5 hectare site, which is situated in the entrance to Ramat Yishay, gives the opportunity to answer the needs of the community, while creating a building that emblemizes local values. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Yad Le’Banim Building Competition Entry / Talmon Biran Architecture Studio

Proposed by Talmon Biran Architecture Studio, the Yad Le’Banim building is located within an existing grove at the local council of Ramat Yishay, Israel, which provides a unique opportunity to integrate landscape with the architectural design. This setting doesn’t only add a visual values for the building, but also adds and symbolic aspect – the trees which are seen from all the building’s façades create an image that expresses the relation between life and death, between growth and loss. This relation is inherent in the definition of the Yad Le’Banim buildings as cultural and educational centers on the one hand, and as a memorials on the other hand. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Shell and its Contents – Italia B&B Showroom / Pitsou Kedem Architects

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Day Care Center for Adults with Developmental Intellectual Disabilities Competition

The ZEZEZE Architecture Gallery recently launched their open design competition for the design of a day care center for adults with developmental intellectual disabilities, to be established in the city of Beer Sheba. Held on behalf of the Beer Sheba municipality and the Shalem Fund, while managed by ZEZEZE Architecture Gallery, the winner of the two-stage competition will have the unique experience of entering into agreement with the city of Beer Sheba for the design of the center. The deadline for submissions is February 3rd, with the second stage following shorty after. To register and for more information, please visit here.

“Yad Labanim” (“A Memorial to the Sons”) Competition Entry / Eli Gotman

Designed by architect Eli Gotman, the proposal for the “Yad Labanim” (“A Memorial to the Sons”) is dedicated to commemorating the fallen soldiers in Israel’s wars and helping the bereaved families. The Yad Labanim building in Ramat Yishay, is in itself a monument, which begins with the wall buried in the ground carrying the names of the fallen perforated in it, continues to emerge out of the ground as a building, and ending as an illuminated library hovering over the square. More images and Gotman’s description after the break.

House K / Auerbach Halevy Architects

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Jaffa Port Market / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

  • Architects: Jacobs-Yaniv Architects
  • Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Developers: Leora Ganor, Irit Kesselman-Millet, Yariv Millet
  • Project Management: Oren Sadot
  • Branding & Graphic Design: Studio Michal Suday
  • Lighting Design: MK Lighting Design
  • Building Contractor: P.A.B
  • Electric Engineer: Oren Sinai
  • Sanitary Engineering: George Chalapathi
  • Structural Engineer: Aaron Daniel
  • Photographs: Amit Geron, Courtesy of Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

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