The Noemi Givon House / Ori Glazer + Nili Gal Mester

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Architects: , Nili Gal Mester
Location: Neve Tzedek,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yael Engelhart

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

Porter School / , Axelrod-Grobman Architects, NCArchitects

Architects: Axelrod-Grobman Architects, NCArchitects, Geotectura
Location:
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 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:

‘Rafi Segal, 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 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

First Israeli Team to Compete in The Solar Decathlon

© Lior Avitan, Courtesy of Team

The Solar Decathlon, also called the “Olympics of Sustainable Architecture,” is a design competition that takes place biennially and challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are Net Zero Energy Buildings and are affordable, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends cost-effectiveness, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

Summer of 2013 will be the first year that a team from Israel will participate in this worldwide competition. Their hope was to develop and display a method of planning and design in which buildings could better respond to change, with the potential to be deconstructed, taken apart, modified and recycled. Values of environment, community, society and Israeli culture are all intertwined in a design that aims to raise awareness of these four elements and better incorporate them into Israeli architecture.

Read on for Team Israel’s Decathlon design.

Israel Museum / James Carpenter Design Associates + Efrat Kowalsky Architects

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Architects: James Carpenter Design Associates, Efrat Kowalsky Architects
Location: ,
Production Architect: A. Lerman Architects Ltd
Area: 8820.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Tim Hursley, Courtesy of James Carpenter Design Associates, Reid Freeman

Tel-Aviv White City Forum Winning Proposal / Kimmel Eshkolot Architects

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The Tel-Aviv White City Forum winning proposal by Kimmel Eshkolot Architects is an exhibition center, part of the huge Tel- Aviv wholesale market project currently under construction. Comprising thousands of apartment units, a mall, a school and a sports complex, the Forum will be a platform for genuine urban celebration. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Herzog & de Meuron to Design the National Library of Israel

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After carefully considering six international architecture firms – Ammar Curiel; Frank Gehry; Herzog & de Meuron; Kimmel Eshkolot, Kolker Kolker Epstein and Renzo Piano – an esteemed selection committee has chosen Herzog & de Meuron to design the new National Library of in . The result comes after a controversial first attempt that ended in the dismissal of the initial competition winner for alleged copyright infringement.

More information after the break…

‘Salute to the White City’ Festival

Taking place May 2-4, ’s upcoming ‘Salute to the White City’ weekend is a citywide festival in celebration of the Mediterranean coastal city’s 10th anniversary of being named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Known as the ‘White City,’ Tel Aviv is home to more than 4,000 International Bauhaus style buildings built in the 1930’s by German Jewish architects following World War II. Today, Tel Aviv is home to the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus architecture in the world. The Municipality is inviting guests to “Salute the White City” and celebrate its stunning collection of architecture and design-focused events, exhibitions and tours, including: Houses from Within–Bauhaus Edition, Guerilla Lighting in Tel Aviv, and Greening the White City. For more information, please visit here.

Israel National Library Competition Entry / Gil Even-Tsur

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Designed by Gil Even-Tsur Architecture Workshop, their concept for the new National Library suggests that the architecture should be critical, strong, but also deferential and contextually responsive. Their intent is to display an almost aesthetic neutrality in terms of its form, assemblies, and materials by providing an architecture that acknowledges this complexity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wo House / SO Architecture

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Architects: SO Architecture
Location: , Israel
Design Team: Shachar Lulav, Oded Rozenkier, Levav Shachar
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shai Epshtein

Taizu Restaurant / Pitsou Kedem Architects + Baranowitz-Amit Design Studio

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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects, Baranowitz-Amit Design Studio
Location: Tel Aviv,
Design Team: Pitsou Kedem, Hila Sela, Sigal Baranowitz, Gali Amit
Area: 350 sqm
Photographs: Amit Geron

Day Care Village Competition Entry / PRAUD

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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 . 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 . More images and architects’ description after the break.

Day Care Center Competition Entry / Uri Cohen Architects

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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

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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: pitsou kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Amit Geron

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

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Designed by Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture, their competition winning proposal for the Museum of Nature and Science in 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

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