Venice Biennale 2012: Aircraft Carrier / Israeli Pavilion

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The Israeli pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, titled Aircraft Carrier, deals with the dramatic changes in Israeli architecture since 1973, and the American influences that made them possible.

Curators Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin-Adiram and Dan Handel defined four major architectural phenomena that demonstrate these changes – Signals, Emporiums, Allies and Flotillas – and invited five leading Israeli and international artists and architecture photographers to reflect on them. Participants include Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra (Check out an interview with Guerra here!), along with Assaf Evron, Florian Holzherr, Nira Pereg and Jan Tichy. Continue after the break for more.

“the REAL estate” / AL/Arch

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Architect: AL/Arch
Location: ,
Project Area: 550 sqm
Photographs: Liat Ezra, Asaf Evron, Orna Marton, Avi Laiser, AL/Arch

Video: Time Lapse of Ron Arad’s 720 Degrees Installation

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On view in the Israel Museum’s Billy Rose Art Garden through September 5, the 720° installation, designed by internationally renowned Israeli artist, architect, and designer Ron Arad, is of monumental proportions. Composed of 5,600 silicon rods suspended from a height of eight meters to form a perfect circle 25 meters in diameter, the silicon cords serve as an empty digital canvas on which works by prominent video artists from Israel and around the world – among them Mat Collishaw, Ori Gersht, Christian Marclay, and David Shrigley – are being screened each evening. Above is a time lapse video of the installation courtesy of Ram Matz, Season of Culture. For more information, please visit here.

 

Orthodox School in Remle / Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects

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Architects: Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Dan Israelevitz, Hila Dinay Israelevitz, Simon Amsis
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 3,750 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Dan and Hila Israelevitz

National Library of Israel Competition Entry / ODA

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The proposal for the National Library of by ODA takes on special significance as a site where past, present, and future converge. Unlike traditional libraries, often closed fortresses of knowledge, the new library is organized around a variety of platforms of activity that enhance interaction between the users, enabling the library to become a forum for cross-disciplinary conversations. Through the form of a floating monolith that visually connects to the foundations of Parliament, the library underscores the idea that education and learning are the bedrock of democracy. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Riviera Seaside Art Gallery / Derman Verbakel Architecture

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A project funded by the city of , the abandoned Riviera nightclub on the beach of , south of Tel-Aviv, has been turned into a seaside art gallery and artist colony. Designed by Derman Verbakel Architecture, the 1,200 square meter grid of concrete columns and beams, which had been the décor for a lively night scene in 1950s and 60s, was reconverted within only a few weeks last summer. This project then became a space for artists to live and create on-site art inside and outside the gallery. More images and architects’ description after the break.

G House / Paz Gersh Architects

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Architects: Paz Gersh Architects
Location: Ramat , Israel
Architect: Paz Gersh
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Amit Giron

Y Project / Rami Kopty

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Architects: Rami Kopty
Location: Ya’el, Nazareth Illit,
Architect In Charge:
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Kopty Architects and Engineers

Venice Biennale 2012: Aircraft Carrier / Israeli Pavilion

Aircraft Carrier: The Textile Compound, Tel Aviv by ; Courtesy of Aircraft Carrier

This year’s Venice Biennale will kick off on August 29th and run through November 25th and will feature a pavilion from Israel called “Aircraft Carrier”.  The collected work confronts the dramatic changes in Israeli architecture since 1973, and the American influences that made them possible.  The curators of the exhibit, Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin-Adiram and Dan Handel defined four major architectural phenomena that epitomize these changes:  Signals, Emporiums, Allies and Flotillas.  The curators invited five leading Israeli and international artists and architectural photographers to reflect on these ideas.  Participants include Assaf Evron, Fernando Guerra, Florian Holzherr, , and Jan Tichy and product designer Tal Erez.

Stop by after the break to see some of the work to be featured as part of “Aircraft Carrier”.

Tel Aviv Fastlane Control and Coordination Center / Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects

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Architects: Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects and Planners
Location: ,
Partner In Charge: Amir Mann
Design Team: Asaf Mann
Project Manager: Shafir Engineering Ltd.
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 2,200 sqm
Photographs: Gal Deren

Eco House in Herzelya / Sharon Neuman Architects

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Architects: Sharon Neuman Architects
Location: Herzliya,
Architect In Charge: Hila Tzur
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Amit Gosher

‘Second Nature’ Natural History Museum / o2a studio

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Designed by o2a studio, the man-made structure for the Natural History Museum in is designated to celebrate the transcendent force and majesty of nature, which is a contradiction in terms. The paradoxical question that arises when approaching the design of a building that is dedicated as a showcase for the unbuilt, is how does one bridge this conceptual gap between the man-made and the organic – between the artificial and the natural. The proposal aims to highlight this difficulty, while allowing for a composite coexistence between the natural and the artificial – interpreted here as ranging between various degrees of control. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House R / Sharon Neuman Architects

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Architects: Sharon Neuman Architects
Location: Hasharon,
Plot: 550 sqm
Built Area: 205 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Amit Gosher

Barud House / Paritzki Liani Architects

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Architects: Paritzki Liani Architects
Location: ,
Site area: 850 sqm
Total floor area: 350 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographers: Amit Geron, Pavel Wolberg, Omri Amsalem

  

Mamilla Hotel / Safdie Architects

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Architects: Safdie Architects
Location: , Israel
Client: Alrov Luxury Hotels
Interior Design: Piero Lissoni
Total Cost: US $60 million
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Ardon Bar Hama, Courtesy of Mamilla Hotel

   

University Senate Center / Chyutin Architects

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Architects: Chyutin Architects
Location: Beer Sheva, 
Designer: BrachaChyutin, Michael Chyutin
FloorArea: 6,000 sqm
Client: Ben-Gurion University
Photographs: Ardon Bar Hama

 

Pathway House / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

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Architects: Jacobs-Yaniv Architects
Location: Tel Aviv,
Project management: Oren Sadot
Structural engineer: Doron Toeg
Garden design: Itamar Landscape Design Ltd.
Photographs: Uzi Porat

   

Assuta Medical Center / Zeidler Partnership Architects + Moore Architects + M. Brestovisky Architects

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Architects: Zeidler Partnership Architects + Moore Architects + & Urban Designers
Location: , Israel
Area: approx. 500,000 square feet
Completion: May 2009 – Phase 1
Photographs: Tom Arban