Exhibition: Daniel Libeskind’s Architectural Drawings

On October 23, 2013, Tel Aviv’s Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery will open its newest show, Never Say the Eye Is Rigid: Architectural Drawings of Daniel Libeskind”. The exhibition, in collaboration with the Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery (Milan, Turin, Rome ,Tel Aviv), which brings together 52 original drawings will include depictions of the architect’s signature work, the Jewish Museum Berlin (2001), and his 2003 master plan for Ground Zero in New York City.

The exhibition arrives in Tel Aviv after opening at the Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery in Rome and in Turin. From Tel Aviv the show will travel to the Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery in Milan then travel to London and to New York City (location and dates to be announced). The exhibition in Tel Aviv will show some sketches exposed in Italy and other new projects.

The sketches reflect a wide range of styles and techniques and range from almost-classical line drawings to highly expressive watercolors and free-flowing ink sketches. All of the works reflect a connection between the philosophical ideas underlying the project depicted and that project’s unique aesthetics – its particular color, mood, posture and tension. From the extremely large scroll depicting the Ground Zero master plan to the intimate sketches of the Jewish Museum Berlin, the drawings offer a rare and intriguing glimpse into Mr. Libeskind’s approach to some of his most famous projects. For more information click here.

Title: Exhibition: ’s Architectural Drawings
Website: http://www.etgallery.co.il/exhibition/never-say-the-eye-is-rigid-architectural-drawings-of-daniel-libeskind/
Organizers: Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery Tel Aviv
From: Wed, 23 Oct 2013
Until: Mon, 23 Dec 2013
Venue: Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Tel Aviv
Address: Lilienblum 3, Tel Aviv,

Tirat Carmel Library / Schwartz Besnosoff Architects

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Architects: Schwartz Besnosoff Architects
Location: Tirat Carmel,
Architect In Charge: Gaby Schwartz
Project Team: Gilad Altman, Avi Rotal, Noa Hefetz, Roy Talmon
Year: 2013
Photographs: Amit Geron

Ch House / Domb Architecture

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Architects: Domb Architecture
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Amit Geron

G House / Axelrod Architects + Pitsou Kedem Architect

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Architects: Axelrod Architects + Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: Tel Aviv,
Design Team: Irit Axelrod, Pitsou Kedem, Orit tsabari-elmaliach, Raz melamed
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Amit Geron

Architecture City Guide: Tel Aviv

Courtesy of Flickr CC License / wili_hybrid

This AD Architecture City Guide is dedicated to the vibrant city of , originally established as a garden-city on the sandy shores of the Mediterranean in 1909. Although widely known as “The White City” for boasting the world’s largest collection of International Style Buildings, Tel Aviv is not merely a monochromatic Bauhaus colony: it presents a rich mosaic of locally interpreted styles, from Eclectic to Brutalist to contemporary, which are the result of foreign and locally-born architects who adapted to the local cultural and climatic conditions.

Join us for our architectural city guide through the “Non-Stop City” after the break…

RI HOUSE / Paritzki Liani Architects

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Architects: Paritzki Liani Architects
Location: Savyon,
Area: 466 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Paritzki Liani Architects

Housing in Jaffa / GalPeleg Architects

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Architects: GalPeleg Architects
Location: Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Architect In Charge: Orit Gariani-Rozental
Area: 740 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Amit Geron, Courtesy of

AD Classics: Ramot Polin / Zvi Hecker

Images from the exhibition: The Object of Zionism, at the SAM (Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, 2011). Curators: Zvi Efrat and Hubertus Adam

The Ramot Polin neighborhood is a project designed by the Polish-born Israeli architect Zvi Hecker, commissioned by the Israeli government in the euphoric aftermath of the Six Day War. The project, which resembles a beehive, is an avant-garde architectural experiment on morphology as well as construction. Since being constructed in the late 1970s, the structure has undergone extensive alteration by its tenants, provoking a debate regarding the capacity of expressive architecture to account for authentic human needs.

AD Classics: Mivtachim Sanitarium / Jacob Rechter

Images from the exhibition: The Object of Zionism, at the SAM (Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, 2011). Curators: Zvi Efrat and Hubertus Adam

The Mivtachim sanitarium in Zichron Ya’akov is a brutalist masterpiece set on the forested slopes of Mount Carmel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The simple yet complex design of the serpentine-shaped modular structure makes it appear to be “crowning” the mountain.

The building was designed by the Israeli architect in 1968 and immediately gained world-wide recognition, appearing in numerous international magazines and earning Rechter the prestigious Award for architecture in 1973. Along with other brutalist icons, the Mivtachim Sanitarium was an idealistic, utopian structure, encapsulating the socialist ideas prevalent in 1960′s .

An Urban Villa / Pitsou Kedem Architects

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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: Tel Aviv,
Design Team: Pitsou Kedem, Noa Groman
Area: 370 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Amit Geron

Architactics Exhibition / SAYA

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Free and open to the public at the ZEZEZE Architecture Gallery in , the Architactics exhibition by SAYA Design for Change summarizes the approach of SAYA’s mission-based practice. Rather than diving into the details of their specific proposals, it illustrates the channels of influence this practice has defined for design in peace making. SAYA’s pioneering approach termed by its founders as “Resolution Planning” was developed a decade ago to reclaim the architectural responsibility in designing peace. Its goal is to redefine the role and responsibility of architects in conflict resolution, to re-include the city, the people and their joint future space back into the picture. The exhibition will continue to be on display until August 24. More architects’ description after the break.

AD Classics: Soreq Nuclear Research Center / Philip Johnson

and Gideon Ziv, Sorek Nuclear Research Center, , 1956-9 (from: Zvi Efrat, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973)

American architect and Prizker Prize winner Philip Johnson – who would have turned 107 today – is well known for his contributions to 20th century architecture, from the modernist Glass House in 1949 to his later infamous post modernist AT&T building in 1984. But did you know that Johnson designed a brutalistic nuclear plant in Israel? More on this monolithic concrete structure after the break…

New Haifa Waterfront Plan / Amir Mann–Ami Shinar Architects and Planners

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Aiming to connect with the sea, the proposal for the New Waterfront Plan by Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects and Planners focuses on the making of large open public space along the water. Some new “warehouse-like” linear structures will be built, only two-story high, and all buildings, old and new, will maintain industrial character. Also, with the old cranes, the overhead grain-conveyers and other working port facilities will keep the unique port atmosphere. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Noemi Givon House / Ori Glazer + Nili Gal Mester

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Architects: Ori Glazer,
Location: Neve Tzedek,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yael Engelhart

In Progress: Porter School / Axelrod-Grobman Architects + NCArchitects + Geotectura

Porter School / , Axelrod-Grobman Architects,

Architects: Axelrod-Grobman Architects, NCArchitects, Geotectura
Location: Tel Aviv
Area: 3700 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Yossef Cohen and Gilad Adin, Architect Dr. Yasha (Jacob) Grobman and Architect Irit Axelrod from Axelrod-Grobman Architects; Architect Nili Chen and Architect Nir Chen from NCArchitects; and Architect Dr. Joseph (Yossi) Cory from GEOTECTURA, Roy Kroizman, BRAUDE-MAOZ Landscape Architects, Nitzan Hafner and Gilad Adin

SANAA Unveils Plans for New Downtown Arts & Design Campus in Jerusalem

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Today, SANAA (Sejima & Nishizawa and Associates) unveiled plans for a 400,000 square-foot building in Jerusalem that will form a new, interdisciplinary downtown campus for the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. The competition-winning proposal, designed by the 2010 Pritzker laureates in collaboration with ’s Nir -Kutz Architects, features an array of stacked horizontal slabs that react to the area’s topography and surrounding context in order to create a series of outdoor terraced viewing platforms and multi-level interior spaces where students and teachers can meet, study and display their work.

More on the new SANAA-design downtown campus after the break…

Rafi Segal to Appear in Court Over National Library of Israel

The proposal submitted by Segal, which included HyperBina’s contribution

UPDATE: Israeli architect Rafi Segal appears to have abandoned his case to be reinstated as designer of the National Library of . This decision comes after the client announced that it had signed a contract with Pritzker Prize-winning practice Herzog & de Meuron, who was initially chosen in April and triggered Segal’s demand to be reinstated. Now that the Swiss duo has officially signed onto the project, Segal has requested a withdrawal without prejudice. Before the hearing scheduled for September 12, 2013, Segal asked the court to withdraw the case. The court overruled his objections and granted HyperBina a compensation of fees and costs.

Official statement from the National Library Construction Company:

, whose competition entry was disqualified for failure to meet the terms of the competition and who was therefore removed from being the “preferred architect”, is now trying to compel his selection through the courts. Notwithstanding his failure to meet the conditions of the competition by way of establishing his full and exclusive rights in and to the plan he submitted, and having conducted himself in ways that have resulted in his loss of credibility in the eyes of the client.

‘In December 2012, The Jerusalem District Court denied his request for an ex parte temporary injunction barring the selection of another architect for the project. The evening before the date of the hearing on the request for an injunction, Segal withdrew his petition – following submission of the Company’s reply. Segal also filed a lawsuit asking the Court to declare him the “Winning Architect”. The court denied Segal’s requests to expedite the process and set a preliminary hearing for May 2013.

‘In April, following a three months process, an international selection panel chaired by Prof. Luis Fernandez-Galiano, selected the 2011 Pritzker Prize winners Herzog & de Meuron to design the new Library building.

‘In the preliminary hearing on 8 May, Segal asked to add Herzog & de Meuron as a respondent in what seems to be an attempt not to lose legal grounds for his claim. Herzog & de Meuron have no involvement in the saga and have no obligation to defend their award.’

Just when it seemed that Herzog & de Meuron was the final choice for the design of the new National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, the initial competition winner, Israeli architect Rafi Segal, has launched a legal challenge against the project backers’ decision in hopes of being reinstated.

House in Talmei Elazar / Dan & Hila Israelevitz Architects

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Architects: Dan & Hila Israelevitz Architects
Location: Talmei Elazar ,
Architect In Charge: Dan & Hila Israelevitz Architects
Design Team: Dan Israelevitz, Hila Israelevitz, Debby Choen
Area: 400.0 sqm
Photographs: Elad Sarig