On a key 1.2-hectare site, the new Benin precinct completes for the first time the urban fabric at the center of Jerusalem.
The introduction of a pair of crossing pedestrian streets, each terminating in an important historic structure, weaves new and old together and encourages pedestrian access from Jaffa Road and the adjacent Davidka light rail station. Interconnected courtyards, gardens, and pedestrian passages enhance the functional and formal continuity of the life of the city. The completion of the Jaffa Road street wall strengthens uses along the entire length of this preeminent Jerusalem street.
A rich tapestry of indoor and outdoor uses—including cafés, shops, hotel, apartments, kindergarten, youth center, and synagogue—will ensure that the compound is a vital urban precinct in its own right. The historic Kammenitz hotel, the first outside the walls of the Old City, will be returned to its original use, and the distinguished Navon Residence will be made accessible to the public.
The three residential towers, consistent with the master plan of the city, are grouped to define a space transected by a new pedestrian street, asserting the value of space over object, urban fabric over individual structure.
38,200 m2 residential space in two towers, 21,400 m2 hotel, 15,700 m2 retail, 26,800 m2 parking
Selim Buildings Co. Ltd., UJA
Master planning, architecture, exterior envelope, interior design of public spaces
Associate Architect: Eli Reches Architects, Jerusalem; Environmental Consultant: Leshem Sheffer Environment Ltd. Jerusalem; Landscape Architecture: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Traffic: Amav Transportation and Traffic Ltd. Jerusalem; Images: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners