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Mamilla Hotel / Safdie Architects

  • 01:00 - 29 May, 2012
Mamilla Hotel / Safdie Architects
Mamilla Hotel / Safdie Architects, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

© Ardon Bar Hama © Ardon Bar Hama © Ardon Bar Hama Mamilla Hotel / Safdie Architects + 12

Text description provided by the architects. Located in what was once the no-man’s land between the Israeli and Jordanian sectors of Jerusalem, the Mamilla district forms the connection between the old and new cities. Within this district, the Mamilla Hotel is a quintessentially urban place, rising out of the network of alleys that connect the walled and the new cities of Jerusalem.

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

The design of the Mamilla Hotel combines the pattern of the old with cutting-edge modernity, a strategy representative of its location between the old and new city. The walls of the hotel are rendered in traditional Jerusalem limestone and the roofs are terra-cotta tile, creating a material continuity with the surrounding historic buildings.

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

Inside the hotel a paired-back, minimalist aesthetic contextualizes and frames the historic Jerusalem architecture. Traditional rough-faced running-bond masonry walls meet walls of the same material rendered in large, smooth blocks. By contrast, a bold, sculptural metal staircase moves through the skylit central atria between concrete floors. The 194-room hotel was designed in conjunction with the renowned Italian designer Piero Lissoni.

© Ardon Bar Hama
© Ardon Bar Hama

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Cite: "Mamilla Hotel / Safdie Architects" 29 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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