The Porter School of Environmental Studies by Geotectura + Chen Architects + Axelrod Grobman Architects

This building was built according to principles of green design and achieved a LEED Platinum, the first building in Israel. The project is a living lab of ecological and social values for the community and the environment. It tells the story of the complex sustainability term and simplifies it to the public by strolling along the eco-wall, the ground floor and the roof that present current research of energy, water, soil, vegetation, materials and so on that they can see, touch and learn.

Bamboo was used extensively in this building as a green resource as it is a grass with wood characteristics. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth (up to 1 meter per day in tropical regions!).

Bamboo was used in this project as parquet on the bridges, as the inner skin of the “capsule”, as the walls inside and out at the looby, as the decking on the roof and as shutters on the cube hanging from the building.

Implementation: Kne’kash

The bamboo we use is manufactured to comply with Green Building Standards in order to reduce the overall impact of construction and building on human health and the natural environment. New technologies are constantly being developed in order to create greener materials from rapidly renewing sources to be applied in green building projects.

Forum Club by Nir Portal Architects

After 25 years of running business and becoming the most legendary club in the desert periphery of Israel, the ‘forum’ had to relocate to new space and to invent itself from the beginning.
Spread over his 2000 sq. /m, the new forum, have become the reason Youngers are driving 1.5 hours from center of Israel to participate in its parties.

Design guidelines instructed us to create a layout and changing atmosphere so the club could host parties, events, and concerts. As per design concerns, it actually meant that we cannot design the club in totally dark space with only lighting fixtures that will create the atmosphere, but to treat it as an high end design cause some of the events will be very lighted.

In order to create hierarchy spaces we have created tribunes rising from ground floor to 1st floor. Thus tribunes serve both party and concert show.it separates crowds and enables unhidden views during thus events, and preform perfectly in case of siting concert.
All railing of tribunes and gallery has led lighting that project thru the glass, creating strong image of layout. A custom made halogen table lamps creates contrast warm lighting.
In club area we planted 16 alcohol bars, all lighted in same way as railing. Above each bar hanged an alcohol display made of steel net and metal frame.

Major club walls covered with osb printed panels. Graphics on panels were designed to bring atmosphere of industrial yet warm atmosphere, thus wall were washed with narrow beam spot light, to create dramatic boundaries to club.
600 led tube are hanged from ceiling, each tube has its own IP address, so all ceiling can act as huge screen controlled by light jokey.

5 meter high moving acoustic screen can divide the space into 4 separate small clubs; each can have its own dj and music.
Except of the main hall, the club has a lot of hidden and more intimate areas, for different kind of hang out. Little love nests, hidden from eyes, is spread all around so lovers can find a quiet corner just to their selves.

name: Forum Club, beer sheva- Israel by Nir Portal Architects
Architects: Nir Portal and Shahar Weiss
Photographer: Guy Franko

‘One’-sushi restaurant by Nir Portal Architects

‘One sushi’, is situated in the heart of very popular hi tech offices area, ramat hachayal, Tel Aviv.
Inspired by clean traditional Japanese design, ‘one’ preserves that tradition.
Elements of design were chosen carefully, layout were drawn minimalistic, colors pallets become monochromatic with a light lemon grass touch.

To follow the breeze of japan culture, origami tradition, we created a dramatic lighting interpretation, preformed as ‘barisol’ stretched lighted ceiling and a suspended custom made light fixture. Materials of lighting simulate the traditional rice paper.

Layout was designed to enable flexible groups and couples sitting, as per office area demands.
Large counter for take away transforms to sharing table by night.

Walls are covered with 3mm thin black porcelain large tiles, divided horizontally with led light panels. Along with the ceiling and origami lighting, thus elements are projected to street and become the atmosphere billboard.
The kitchen and wc entrance view were separated by partition panel, made of metal frame and 2 layers of glass with Japanese natural fabric in between.

Unlighted parts of ceiling were painted in black to achieve infinity feeling.
Wood flooring gives a balanced warmth atmosphere to space.

Architects: Nir Portal Architects & Liat Essig
Photographer: Yoav Gorin
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

source: nirportal.co.il

The old man & the sea by Nir Portal Architects

The Restaurant “The old man & the sea” located in a hangar on the platform of the ancient port of Jaffa, and is spread over an area of 900 square meters. Basis of planning we dealt with was the strict conservation guidelines.

The old man and the sea is an authentic Jaffa food Institute of decades decided to move to a new location-Hangar used by the fishermen of Jaffa and their boats for decades until it was abandoned due to aging and the dangers of it.

As in Poetic justice, the location of a fish restaurant preserves the memory of the owner’s ancestors that their fishing boats were housed in this space in the past.

That and from the search for Jewish-Arab Coexistence plant conceptual design of the place.

The restaurant is intertwined with elements of local Arab architecture but with a twist of a modern concept by using updated finishing materials, for example six arches made of wood instead of stone, as usual. The restaurant floor was paved with authentic concrete tiles as used in Jaffa old houses but instead of décor concrete carpets we created pixel floor with uniform color shades tiles that presents metaphorically the way from Jaffa to Jerusalem.

Degradation to the sea through green forests surrounds Jerusalem.

Sea elements designed in a new vision as fishnet a lamp hanging in the air showing off their loot, only loot is not a fish but a ball of light shining. Another light fixture shaped like a jellyfish floating in the water.

Stringent conservation restrictions not confirmed any contact with the shell structure includes columns and ceilings, so we added a whole floor, free standing, allowing preservation cieling elapse between different spaces Unlimited

The main entrance wall symbolizes the sea and its inhabitants. Waterfall at 4 meter holding 42 fishing boats toes as a ghost boats that emphasize the power of the sea.

The bar is made of wooden planks image of fishing boats hulls, holding rust metal top bar Surface.

The front of the restaurant facing the waterfront, and back is facing the alleys of Old Jaffa, which Allowing the existence of a separate event, far from the hustle of the restaurant. In this context, on the gallery, we have designed private space overlooking the harbor and diners on the ground floor.

Toilets are also located on the gallery, covered with special handmade ceramics simulates turquoise sea scallops.

Restaurant tables, just like bar counter, are simulating side of fishing boat that went thought endless recovers.

Rear bar wall covered zinc with rivets as nailing the side of a ship.

source: nirportal.co.il

Premier Dead Sea Cosmetics Store by Oron Milshtein

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Premier Dead Sea Cosmetics’ international brand’s concept store in Eilat.

The store’s design sets the standard for cosmetics in Israel – both in terms of its innovation and in terms of monetary investment.

This is the first collaboration between the Premier Dead Sea cosmetics brand and designer Oron Milshtein, heralding the opening of a string of new stores by the brand, designed by Milshtein.

Inspiration for the store’s design was drawn from the Parisian pharmacies of the 1920’s, combined with elements of art deco.
This can be seen in the various brass pieces: the slim geometric embellishments, the prominent color pallet (gold, black and white) and in the items’ vertical positioning.

The use of brass – a gold toned metal with deep shades and a rich texture – as the dominant material instills an elegant tone in the store’s appearance that combines well with the company’s products. All of the display stands are made of brass, in addition to the faucets, tables, signposts and of course, the premier makeup table constructed from dozens of metal profiles and weighing over 300kg. The brass furniture and design items were prepared by handpicked craftsmen and were all handmade with the highest level of craftsmanship.

On both sides of the store, in between the main stands, are treatment booths with a more intimate vibe where the company’s representatives can assist each customer in finding products, personally tailored to her needs.

The main concept is water, imbuing a peaceful, clean purity. This comes into play through a waterfall, gently spilling onto black shale stones (handcrafted by an artist), the smooth stream pebbles strewn throughout the store and two basins placed at the center of the space. These elements seem to bring nature into the store and are reminiscent of the source of the store’s products – the Dead Sea.

The counter is situated at the heart of the space with two basins. There, clients can experiment with the products, and after washing their face with water can personally experience their efficacy.

Most of the activity takes place around the basins, resulting in a pleasing and dynamic shopping experience.
The stone’s dark shades – the shale and stream pebbles, along with their rough texture, accentuate a dramatic contrast with their bright and gentle surroundings.

The flooring is made of nut brown triple layered parquet unique in its multiplicity of shades and winding lines, whose appearance reminds the viewer of the breathtaking desert landscape surrounding the Dead Sea.
A salt room, known for its healing properties, is located in the store’s backside. The entire space is covered in a unique salt that provides a glaring white appearance and provides customers with a sense of peacefulness and intimacy. This room serves as a spa for treatments or rest.

The overall experience provided by the store’s design is that of relaxation and cleanliness. This is produced through the white drapes covering the space, the lit tables, the showcase stands and the gentle, golden construction made of slim brass poles.

The designer probed the smallest resolutions when designing the space. Product placement around the store is also part of the overall aesthetic concept, including the product’s positioning in a manner that compliments both the packaging and the space. The design is very clean and meticulous to emphasize the great variety of products and create a distinction between each unique product line.

Oron Milshtein
Premier by Dead Sea Concept Store
Ice Mall, Eilat
80 sq. meter | 2013
Photography by Elad Gonen

source: ormile.co.il

Sammy Ofer Heart Building by Sharon Architects

The new Sami Ofer building is a revolutionary breakthrough in the architectural design of medical institutions, as it places the patient, his visitors and the medical staff and their needs at the center of the activity. The new 55,000 sqm, 69 meter-high building has 17 floors, four underground parking floors to serve as a 650-bed emergency hospital, topped by another 13 medical floors.

The Samy Ofer Building was designed as a simple white monolithic cube built next to the historic Ichilov hospital building, designed in the 1960s by Arieh Sharon.
State-of-the-art technologies are applied within the white architectural simplicity which historically has been the hallmark of hospitals, aiming to create a structure that is both transparent, eco-friendly and suited to the local climate. White, which in the past symbolized the “white city” architectural style of Tel-Aviv and was also associated with medical hygiene – “everything exposed and open” – will also be dominant in the interior design of the new tower. Strong colors – red, yellow – will be integrated to express measured liveliness in a field of white. The new tower strikes a delicate balance between the worlds of architecture and medicine, testing the ability of white, soft, sensitive and upbeat architecture to assuage the sense of anxiety and distress when entering a hospital, without the annoying need to try to masquerade as another type of building (hotel, bank, homey-feeling, etc.).

The idea was to revive the old Ichilov Hospital building by designing a public atrium connecting the new Cardiology Tower with the historic building.

Red ramps- bridges are suspended like arteries in the atrium space and lead the public of visitors to waiting galleries facing each other in the two buildings, in figurative tension. The historic Ichilov Hospital will be renovated in its original spirit of modernism.

The new Heart building is the only medical building in Israel designed without fences and with a side that interfaces and runs parallel to a main city street – Weizman Street. A two-level urban gallery, typical of Tel-Aviv, was designed parallel to a new wide public square bordering Weizman Street.

This urban gallery has a coffee shop, commercial areas, small theater for the benefit of the hospital patients and visitors, and serves as a meeting place between the patients and their visitors as well as the influx of people from the street.

Positioned in the glass front of the building, like ventricles of the heart, are red windows that serve as “theater boxes”, providing the patients with vital contact with the outside. “Healing gardens” surround the building and are integrated in the interior spaces.

Architects: Sharon Architects – Arad Sharon, Sharon Gur-Ze’ev & RZA-Ranni Ziss Architects.
Sharon office team: Architect Erez Tal, Architect Ranit Kosht-Kriger, Architect Daphna Braverman-Gantman, Architect Aviel Tochterman
Ziss office team: Architect Nirit Philosoph, Architect Aviad Fanio, Architect Osnat Golan, Architect Alex Harpaz, Architect Yifat Adraee
Name of Project: Sami Ofer Heart Building.
Client: Sourasky Tel-Aviv (Ichilov) Medical Center.

Harutzim house by Sharon Neuman Architects

The house is built on a very long, narrow and sloped lot of 940 sq. m. The proportions were one of the generators for the design. The clients wanted a large, spacious house on one hand, while maintaining the intimacy and the sense of a warm family life on the other. The client’s dream was clearly defined: strong connection between indoor and outdoor, huge patio as a main feature, connected to most of the rooms. A house that will not be too flashy for its surroundings. And if possible, a plan that would deal with their inherent mess. “We need you to help us to be more organized.” The solution is to plan the house one level, which creates intimacy despite the size. The house is organized around a central courtyard embraced by the public space and the children’s rooms.

The house is based on the longitudinal axis as private area and an open square space 120 sq.m as public area. a dramatic long corridor is lighted by a “light-fall” – a sky light window devised to also let hot air out.
We dealt with the subject of an organization and order using a huge piece of furniture designed as multi – functional storage, located in the central open space, accessed from four sided. One of its sides hides the steps leading down to the basement and has a niche displaying a collection of sculptures. Concrete is one of the most common materials here, and is used in a unique way – thin fiber cement surfaces form the kitchen countertops and wrap the island, coat the window sills, the surfaces in bathrooms and garden benches.

sharon neuman architects
area – 300 sq.m.
year – 2010
photography – amit gosher

source: sharon-neuman.co.il

Diaghilev Offices by Itai Palti

Itai Palti is a successful architect / designer. He studied in London, where he worked for the Future Systems for several years and collaborated on projects such as the new National Library in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2011 he founded his own atelier in Tel Aviv. One of his first projects is the interior of Diaghilev offices, which are the core of the Boutique Live Art Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel. The space of 100m2 was turned into offices for hotel personnel, maintenance, call centres, accounting and basically everyone responsible for the functioning of the hotel.

The project exposes the piping which usually hides above the suspended ceiling. This way the height of the room increased and the space itself became more interesting. To enrich the idea, designer lamps were used as original accessories to the pipes of various colour, shapes and sizes. Thanks to this simple feature, the interior does not need additional interventions in order to be functional while looking modern.

photos: plusmood.com

Autodesk R&D center by Studio BA

The main idea was to teach the software developers about the needs of architects and designers, by placing objects that emphasize the 3d and multi-material complexity of it. Located in the center of the office, these objects are used to create the formal and informal meeting, lectures and relaxation space.

The office area is about 500 square meters and located right beside the Tel Aviv harbor, the Israeli R&D center is the AutoCAD WS developers. it contains a ministand, video games space, relaxation space, dining area, meeting rooms and private/ common workspaces.

The 3d multi-material object, is made out of steel, glass, wood and fabric. It enables movement around, within and on top of it. The space offers a place to work and take a break. It includes a meeting room, video games lounge, ministand for lectures\gatherings and a relaxation roof top space, that enables a view of the entire office.

The dining table made from 6mm bent steel, was designed as a dual function object. it enables a standard height seating as well as a bar height seating. its size and position allows the dinning space to blend as an inseparable part of the office.

An open space terrace platforms that enables , a view towards the office and main window while working. It emphasize its 3D, by being an object with divers angles and heights, that allows the employees to move through and around it.

source: studioba.co.il

When architecture meets fashion

This urban residence, set in the heart of Tel Aviv was designed for a fashion designer and owner of a boutique and brand bearing her name – JERRY. The building was designed as tribute to and a reflection of Jerry’s precise and meticulous design language. The dialogue, both the verbal and the design, between the designer and the architect developed into an architectural project that broke through the accepted boundaries for the design of a residential apartment. The space and the quality of the details and the materials used by the architect created a reflection, a tribute, to the designers collection and style.

One of the collections which influenced the design more than any other was the “Geometric Collection” which clearly shows Jerry’s education as an architect. The designs present a play of shapes, three dimensions and volume whilst preserving principals of clean design and a precise and meticulous language. The range of colors used runs from blacks to urban grays.

The space designed by the architect invites its user inside, into a restrained design world, almost as if entering a bubble of purity sitting in the midst of the chaos, the intensively and the noise of the city outside of the building.

The formal, final touches, the precision and accuracy of even the smallest details and the points where material meets material, the monastic language expressed meticulously and with great care, provide, if only for a moment, that we are looking at something picturesque, if you like, a work of art. The different, continual levels of different hues of black, coupled with the geometric performances of both the natural and the artificial light against the vertical and horizontal planes and surfaces (especially on the wall covered with wooden, black painted strips) provides this restrained picture with the experience of movement in space, dynamism and depth.

The boundaries between Jerry the fashion designer and her collection and those of the architect and his mark are almost completely eradicated with the world of design mixing together to create a result that together create a garment and a space that have been tailor made to fit the occupant.

Design: Pitsou Kedem
Design team architects: Pitsou Kedem, Nurit Ben Yosef, Ran M. Broides
Project: 240 sqm flat in the Antokolsky Project, Tel Aviv
Photography: Amit Geron

Holon – Museum of Design

Museum of Design Holon is a new educational and cultural center in Israel. Municipal authorities have chosen architect Ron Arad to construct a building that will attract the interest worldwide. They asked for an architect that would know and understand their original cultural heritage. Museum of design Holon or DMH serves to promote the Israel`s architecture and design. With its surface of 3700 square meters it houses a main gallery of 500 square meters taking advantage of natural lighting coming from roof skylights and a room with a mysterious name „Blackbox“ of 200 square meters that is lightened only by aritificial light, contrastingly with the main gallery.

Topography of the build-up area is expressed in the layout of the two-storey building. Both floors are connected by a number of outside halls furnished by sculptural pieces. Wandering through inner court of the museum a visitor can always discover something new. As an alternative, museum galleries are accessible by a series of closed halls. One of the most original element is the facade made from corten in warm tones of orange, red and brown. Entire outside covering looks very dynamic, assembled from a series of circles creating the building`s spine what accentuates its horizontal line.

photos: dmh.org.il