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Theodor Herzl Center / Asaf Lerman

Theodor Herzl Center / Asaf Lerman

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Text description provided by the architects. In a beachside residential area of Herzliya, TEO (the Theodor Herzl Center for Culture, Art and Content) comes into view as a distinct single storey building, eminently lower than the neighborhood’s enclosed private mansions. The freestanding TEO opens up a wide panorama toward the west—the horizon over the ocean—thus rupturing the visual and social narrative of walled luxury villas this area of Herzliya is known for. The insertion of a fully exposed public cultural center as an event in the surrounding urban-scape was key to the design strategy.

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© Nimrod Levy
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© Nimrod Levy

TEO provides a unique functional facility to the city’s art-practicing and culture-seeking residents. The plan is designed as a 50 by 50 meters square layout around an offset central patio surrounded by the various programs: a music conservatory, a dance school, art and ceramics studios, a gallery, a senior recreation center and a cafeteria. An upper partial floor houses a library complemented by a 300 m2 open deck.

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© Nimrod Levy
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Sections
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© Nimrod Levy

The uniqueness of the design lies in the coherence of a precise geometric module that is strictly enforced throughout. Concrete (on site casts & precast units), textured glass and metal flow seamlessly from exterior to interior surfaces. Cutting-edge sealing techniques were used to protect the building from rain while maintaining its flat roof silhouette and tight proportions.  

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© Amit Geron

The patio (292 m2) makes available a space of quiet and welcoming scale. The floated, draining floor provides a pleasing horizontal surface from which a single mature oak tree rises. Direct sunlight from above dynamically projects its presence across the patio’s surfaces, creating ever-changing visual compositions of organic against geometrical form.

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© Amit Geron

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Address:Herzliya, Israel

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Cite: "Theodor Herzl Center / Asaf Lerman" 13 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/951173/theodor-herzl-center-asaf-lerman> ISSN 0719-8884
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Theodor Herzl 艺术文化中心 / Asaf Lerman

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