Paradive / Schwartz Besnosoff Architects

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Architects: Schwartz Besnosoff Architects
Location: , Israel
Architect In Charge: Gaby Schwartz
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Amit Geron

RIBA President Speaks Out Following Institute’s Controversial Diplomatic Efforts

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Stephen Hodder, the current President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), has spoken out about a “U-turn” following the proposal of March 19th (passed under past President Angela Brady) condemning the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) for its failure to “resist projects on illegally-occupied land” in the West Bank and Gaza. According to BDOnline, the RIBA has “been forced to abandon its policy [...] after an internal report said it should never have been put to a vote in the first place.”

This highly controversial episode, which has overshadowed Hodder’s presidency, has also garnered criticism both in the UK and as far afield as the USA. Architects such as Richard Meier and Daniel Libeskind have stated that the RIBA’s actions have been “short-sighted and appear to be an attempt to simplify a very complex issue.” In the UK, Paul Finch writing in the AJ asked whether there would “be a rush to suspend the Russians because of what is happening in Ukraine? Were the Chinese suspended when they were destroying much of their magnificent built heritage, or invading Tibet?” “Certainly not”, he concluded.

POWERHOUSE – KL Pilates Studio / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

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Architects: Jacobs-Yaniv Architects
Location: Kfar Saba,
Area: 180.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yoav Gurin

Sderot Train Station / Ami Shinar – Amir Mann Architects and Planners

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Architects: Ami Shinar – Amir Mann Architects and Planners
Location: ,
Partner In Charge: Ami Shinar
Project Team: Kedem Shinar, Martin Neiman
Client: Israel Rail Co. – Mario Burak, Yigael Kleinman, Eyal Fitoussi, Elena Zubareve
Landscape: Pete Lederer
Area: 3500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Albatross Aerial Perspective, Dana Polo, Shay Adam, Gal Deren

Y Duplex Penthouse / Pitsou Kedem Architects

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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: -Yafo, Israel
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Amit Geron

Images Released of New Herzog & de Meuron-Designed National Library of Israel

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The Israeli National Library has released images of Herzog & de Meuron’s design for the library’s new home in . The six-story building, awarded to the Swiss practice over five others following an extensive interview process conducted last year, will be built by 2019 on a prominent site at the base of the Knesset building and adjacent to the Museum, Science Museum and Hebrew University.

More image and information about the new library, after the break.

HSM House / SO Architecture

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Architects: SO Architecture
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Shachar Lulav, Oded Rozenkier
Design Team: Shachar Lulav, Oded Rozenkier, Alejandro Fajnerman
Area: 185.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shai Epstein

Family as a Community / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

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Architects: Jacobs-Yaniv Architects
Location: HaSharon,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yoav Gurin

K-house / Arbejazz Architecture Studio

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Architects: Arbejazz Architecture Studio
Location: , Israel
Interior Design: Adi Wainberg ().
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aviad Bar Ness, Adi Wainberg

Pernick Academic and Administration Building / Amir Mann- Ami Shinar Architects and Planners

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Architects: Amir Mann- Ami Shinar Architects and Planners
Location: Ramat Gan,
Architect In Charge: Amir Mann
Design Team: Sivan Ravid-Hecht, Associate Architect in charge, Slavik Chokler, Michal Shalom, Hedya Aharonov.
Client: Shenkar College of Engineering and Design: Prof. Yuli Tamir, President; Dror Kave, CEO.
Area: 4250.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Aviad Bar Ness, Gal Dern

Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 3, “The Architecture of Violence”

The third episode of Al Jazeera’s “Rebel Architecture” series takes us on a journey through the settlements and roads of the West Bank with London-based, Israeli architect, academic and writer, Eyal Weizman. In the 25-minute episode, Weizman shows the key role of architecture in the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and talks about his latest project, Forensic Architecture, which uses damage to buildings as evidence for war crimes.

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

Fuks 34 / Henkin Shavit Studio

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Architects: Henkin Shavit Studio
Location: Jaffa, Tel Aviv,
Architect In Charge: Henkin Irit, Shavit Zohar
Year: 2014
Photographs: Aviad Bar-Ness

Savyon House / Michal Sheffer

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Architects: Michal Sheffer
Location: ,
Area: 473.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shai Epstein

The Porter School of Environmental Studies / Geotectura + Chen Architects + Axelrod Grobman Architects

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Architects: Geotectura, Chen Architects, Axelrod Grobman Architects
Location: University, , 6997801, Israel
Architect In Charge: Dr. Joseph Cory, Dr. Yasha Grobman, Nir Chen
Area: 3800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shai Epstein

Ganei Shapira Affordable Housing / Orit Muhlbauer Eyal Architects

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Architects: Orit Muhlbauer Eyal Architects
Location: Arye De Modena Street 17, , Israel
Lead Architect: Hila Berger, Shay Naim
Main Supplier: Layish Metal Industries LTD
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shai Epstein

The Cubes House / Néstor Sandbank

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Architects: Néstor Sandbank
Location: , Israel
Project Area: 3,000 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Itai Sikolsky

Winner Announced for Design of Jerusalem District Courthouse

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Studio PEZ along with Zarhy Architects have won the international competition to design the District Courthouse Complex in Jerusalem, . The new 40,000 sqm complex, which will contain all court facilities (aside from the supreme court), will act as a “new landmark in Jerusalem,” according to Daniel Zarhy and Pedro Peña Jurado of Studio PEZ.

Their winning proposal – “City of Justice” – was praised by the jury for being “alive, interesting, and [...] designed with much attention to detail.” By re-interpreting the courthouse typology and dividing the program into different masses, the architects not only avoided a monolithic appearance and achieved a human scale, but also allowed for phase-by-phase project execution, an aspect which was favoured by the jury.

The District Courthouse is a part of a current construction boom in the capital, which includes a new high-rise tower by Daniel Libeskind and the National Library by Herzog & De Meuron. More images, drawings, and the architects’ description after the break…

Open and Transparent to The City / Pitsou Kedem Architects

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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: , Israel
Architect In Charge: Ran M. Broides
Design Team: Pitsou Kedem, Ran M. Broides , Nurit Ben Yosef and Irene Goldberg
Area: 680.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Amit Geron