At the entrance to the city, adjacent to the terminal of the high-speed train linking Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the site for this prominent building calls for an extraordinary architectural gesture.
At its base, the tower sweeps away from the relatively diminutive train station pavilion, dignifying it as a figural object and creating a landscaped public plaza that will accommodate the busy and complex pedestrian paths at this intermodal nexus. Below grade the two buildings are connected, while above, the tower twists away from alignment with its neighbor. For a building of its bulk and height in a city of such historic and symbolic sensitivity, this torquing is an essential modification. A well-resolved cylindrical core makes possible an efficient floor plate and an elegant balancing of the structural forces produced by the twisting form.
Between Jaffa Street and Shazar Street, adjacent to the Binyanei HaUma high-speed railway station
Cammeby's International Group
Master planning, architecture, exterior envelope, interior design of public spaces
Associate Architect: Miron Cohen/ Dudi Tolkovsky Architects; Structural: David Engineers Ltd.; Mechanical: Harari Consulting Engineers Ltd.; Electrical: Itkin E. Blum Electrical Engineering Ltd.; Plumbing: Amnon Yosha Consulting Engineers Ltd.; Landscape: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Images: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners