IDC School of Psychology & Economics / Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture

IDC School of Psychology & Economics / Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture

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Herzliya, Israel
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Photographs Photographs:  Amit Geron
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Teknion, Glassteel, Linealite, Waxman
  • Design Team:Inbar Idan (project Architect) , Asaf Gottesman (partner), Ami Szmelcman (Partner)
  • Project Coordinator:Dani Rahat
  • Main Contractor:Build Up
  • City:Herzliya
  • Country:Israel
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Text description provided by the architects. Situated on an extremely narrow site with eucalyptus trees along its southern & eastern edge, our design of the Faculties of Psychology & Economics building reflects several key considerations; our commitment to “green” architecture, our desire to create clear and dynamic relationships between architecture and its surrounding and our commitment to effectively and harmoniously incorporate within our buildings carefully defined functions.  

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© Amit Geron

In the case of this project Professor Uriel Reichman, the President of IDC, delivered an ambitious program that included numerous classrooms that would need to fulfill the specific needs of the Faculty of Psychology, as well as, seminar rooms, computer labs, brain study labs, and rooms dedicated to experimentation, observation and research and effective monitoring.

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Our response was to design an elongated building that responds to the specific dimensions and limitations of the site. We introduced a transparent northern façade that would be able to exploit the benefits of the northern light while establishing a visual relationship with the campus. Thus, whether students enter or leave their classes, whether they choose to form discussion groups or study on their own within the common parts of the faculty or beyond, they are simultaneously a part of the building and its surroundings. Rather than conveying institutional mass, our aim was to project the building’s accessibility. We slightly raised the ground floor in order to enhance the “lightness” of the building, by underlining its delicate relationship to the ground and the surrounding eucalyptus trees.

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In complete contrast to the building’s northern aspect, the southern façade is typified by its solidity and the incorporation of long narrow windows that introduce sunlight into the building with minimal thermal consequences. The pattern of long horizontal openings is extended both to the roof and to the sidewalk; creating a sensation as if the transparent northern façade has been raped in a protective skin.

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Address:Herzliya, Israel

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Cite: "IDC School of Psychology & Economics / Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture" 01 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/789594/idc-school-of-psychology-and-economics-gottesman-szelcman-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884
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狭长通透的以色列 IDC 大学心理学与经济学学院 / Gottesman-Szelcman Architecture

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