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Fein 1 Central / HQ Architects

Fein 1 Central / HQ Architects

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  • Architects: HQ Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021
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  • Project Architects:Oded Fux, Smadar Efrati
  • Design Team:Gal Ravit, Idan Agiv, Ido Aziz, Keshet Rosenblum, Oife Gala, Svetlana Tanunina, Noam Burg
  • Architects:HQ Architects
  • City:Tel Aviv-Yafo
  • Country:Israel
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The area - Located in Neve Shaanan, southern Tel Aviv, in a degraded area experiencing rapid transformations, Fein 1 Central apartment complex introduces much needed housing and street-front commercial spaces, while partially preserving fragments of the existing building on site. The area is part of Tel Aviv – Yafo Municipality’s master plan to transform and uplift the city’s decayed southern district.

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Plan - Ground Floor
Plan - Ground Floor
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The neighborhood’s cultural and economic growth is part of its gentrification process, focusing on culture and creating a new, more open and progressive profile for the neighborhood. Part of this growth will be the addition of the new premises of the renowned Bat Sheva Dance Company right across the street, and the new light rail station next to Fein 1 Central.

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The building - Following the brief’s requirements to provide small apartments with cross ventilation, HQ Architects moved away from the characteristic Tel Aviv building typology by inverting the typical box building inside – out, and resolving both issues at once.

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The new 6,400 m2 six-storey building introduces an inner courtyard, which becomes the focal area of the complex, allowing for large common balconies that are open to the sky. Fein 1 Central has a strong community character from its beginning since it was initiated and built as a co-op residential project. The apartment complex maintains a strong community spirit by featuring generous shared spaces, such as the red courtyard area and large curvaceous balconies that serve both as pathways and leisure spaces for residents. These meeting and gathering spaces are key elements in promoting and sustaining the residents’ community culture. The courtyard, apart from offering valuable community space, it also contributes to a more sustainable living, as it promotes low energy consumption by offering shading in the summer and penetration of direct sunlight in the winter. 

Fein 1 Central contains medium to small apartments, incorporating 53 apartments comprised by 49 two-bedroom apartments, 3 three-bedroom apartments and a 1 four-bedroom apartment. The scale of the apartments is allowing young families and young professionals – a major affordable housing local demographic, to remain in the neighborhood. In addition to the residential use, the building includes 9 retail units while incorporating 350 m2 of existing fragments from the old structure.

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The building’s facade is minimal and symmetrical in an off white color- typical of local Tel Aviv architecture. Playful color contrast between inside and outside is used to emphasize public and private spaces; a strong red color is used in the courtyard offering a more private and airy shelter from the hot and busy street. The organic shaped balconies present a fluid form, which also contrasts the strictly symmetrical exterior facade, creating a clear distinction between street and shelter.

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Plan - 3rd Floor
Plan - 3rd Floor
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The apartment complex features a private 5 – level underground parking in an area that is very dense, and lacks the vehicle parking space. Also, it was important to create minimal car exposure, and for the neighborhood to remain pedestrian friendly. Erez Ella, Founding Partner at HQ Architects says:

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We are excited to see the completion of Fein 1 Central – a new apartment complex that contributes to the area’s regeneration by providing adequate living space for Tel Aviv’s fastest changing area. The building offers high quality apartments, while the courtyard creates a meeting place for residents – a genuine community space for gatherings and play, providing the complex with abundant fresh air.

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Address:Neve Sha'anan, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

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Cite: "Fein 1 Central / HQ Architects" 12 Jan 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/974930/fein-1-central-hq-architects> ISSN 0719-8884
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