Google Tel Aviv Office / Camenzind Evolution

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Architects: Camenzind Evolution
Collaborators: Setter Architects + Studio Yaron Tal
Location: ,
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 , next to Israel’s government assembly building, the second prize winning proposal in the 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 : 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 , 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 , 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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Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Pitsou Kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
Photographs: Amit Geron

Day Care Center for Adults with Developmental Intellectual Disabilities Competition

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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 . Held on behalf of the 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 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

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Designed by architect Eli Gotman, the proposal for the “Yad Labanim” (“A Memorial to the Sons”) is dedicated to commemorating the fallen soldiers in ’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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Architects: Auerbach Halevy Architects
Location: Central
Design Team: Ori Halevy, Sisi Ziri, Orly Taichtal, Yaara Trosman
Year: 2010
Photographs: Uzi Porat

Jaffa Port Market / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

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Architects: Jacobs-Yaniv Architects
Location: ,
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

S House / Alroy Hazak Architects

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Architects: Alroy Hazak Architects
Location: , Israel
Year: 2012
Photographs: Oded Smadar

The Cube / Sharon Neuman Architects

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Architects: Sharon Neuman Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Amit Gosher

House in Hofit / Paritzki & Liani Architects

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Architects: Paritzki & Liani Architects
Location: Hofit,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 919 sqm
Photographs: Amit Geron

Pavilion 2012 / pitsou kedem architects

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Architects: pitsou kedem architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Pitsou Kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 300 sqm
Photographs: Amit Geron

Kalandia Checkpoint. The First New Gate To Jerusalem in 466 Years.

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SCI-Arc graduate Harris Silver has shared his experience passing through the Kalandia Checkpoint during his quest for “an uncanny truth” that would lead him to develop an architecture project in the city of .

The Kalandia Checkpoint is an opening in what Israel calls “The Security Fence” and what Palestinians call “The Apartheid Wall”. Regardless of what you call the separation infrastructure, the checkpoint acts a modern gate to the city of Jerusalem.

After experiencing Kalendia first hand, I came away realizing that until I personally walked through the checkpoint, I was ignorant of the mechanism and tactics employed to humiliate and dehumanize everyone who passes through it. Which means I was not fully capable of participating in the Israeli-Palestinian discourse.

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