‘A high-rise shouldn’t be an island in the city without any relation to its surrounding. A common glass-tower is the formal illustration of an island in the city. It consumes from its surrounding, doesn’t give anything back and on top lacks a sense of identity. We believe that a building should reflect a sense of place and respect its environment, its history and its culture.’
Measuring 116m in height, the condominium tower features 17.650 squaremeters of residential areas on 18 floors. The building will house a range of residential layouts from 1-bedroom to 4-bedroom apartments as well as penthouses with double-height spaces on its top. A cave-like pool and spa area will occupy the base of the building, while community areas like a yoga-studio, a restaurant and shelter spaces are shared on the first 2 floors and cores.
‘When I first walked through Tel Aviv, I was taken by the vividness on its streets and its shores. The rhythm of lively plazas, traditional context and modern architecture inspired me and had a deep impact on the design of the building.’
The building is mainly defined by one element: The Arch. It is an architectural form with a broad history and meaning. The arch was a direct structural interpretation of the cave, our ancestors first ‘apartments’. But the arch was not just used as a structural element, but was also seen as a ‘welcoming gesture’ of and entrance to buildings and cities.
‘We tried to recreate this gesture in a rhythmic layout of an arched structure and cascading terraces, that defined the facade of the building and reflects the vividness of Tel Aviv. It allows the building to be open to its surrounding, but not exposed it to its mediterranean climate.’
The apartments are encircled by ribbons of terraces. These terraces are a shading device, that shield off direct sunlight and cool down the interiors in a natural way. Each room of the apartments has direct access to the outdoor area by arched elements. Through this transparency the terraces can be seen as an continuing extension of the interior spaces.
‘We like to think about those large outdoor zones as private yards in the sky with zones where residents can interact with their neighbors. In a way the terraces are a vertical neighborhood and they reflect the positive atmosphere of the life in the city.’
For Architects, Tel Aviv is an inspiring city as it features the largest display of buildings from the Bauhaus. An era that was driven by openness, formal clarity and rational geometry. Straight lines and circular elements were defining the style of art, products and architecture.
With its clear design-language of arches and lines, the ‘Tel Aviv Arcades’ can be seen as a tribute to this era and a formal connection to its Bauhausian neighborhood.