‘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: , Israel
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: , Israel
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, Israel
Design Team: pitsou kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
Site Area: 500 m2
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Amit Geron

Google Tel Aviv Office / Camenzind Evolution

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Architects: Camenzind Evolution
Collaborators: Setter Architects + Studio Yaron Tal
Location: , Israel
Area: 8000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Itay Sikolski

 

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

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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

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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 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

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Located in the heart of Jerusalem, next to ’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

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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 ’s main street, hovers above its surrounding garden, and eventually reaches a viewpoint towards the historical buildings of . More images and architects’ description after the break.

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

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Breaking news from Tel Aviv: The Wolf Foundation has announced that Pritzker Prize laureate Eduardo Souto de Moura will be honored with ’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.

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

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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

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Proposed by Talmon Biran Architecture Studio, the Yad Le’Banim building is located within an existing grove at the local council of , , 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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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: Tel Aviv,
Design Team: Pitsou Kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
Photographs: Amit Geron