Part of a larger urban plan to revitalize the center of Jerusalem, this project emphasizes public space, extending the network of pedestrian passages of the adjacent Machaneh Yehuda market.
The design continues the street wall on Jaffa Street and creates a series of interconnected courtyards and gardens, respectful of the important historic buildings preserved on the site. Of these, the modest Kindergarten building, built in the late nineteenth century, has a particularly felicitous relationship to the Etz Chaim (Tree of Life) Yeshiva. Together with the adjacent shops, the site was the focus of on an important and influential religious community.
The array of uses—including public amenity, retail, commercial, hospitality, and residential—will enhance the urban transformation set in motion by the introduction of the light rail system to the city center. A pair of towers will be part of a ribbon of tall buildings planned for the Jaffa Street spine, while below, an articulated street-wall building facing Jaffa Road continues the established scale of the street. A number of portals through this wall provide access to the interior of the site, at the center of which will be a flowering garden designed in the tradition of Jerusalem’s extraordinary enclosed gardens.
0.6 hectare site in the Etz Chaim precinct, about 1.4 km northwest of the Old City
24,100 m2 in two residential towers; 18,200 m2 hotel; 720 m2 commercial; below-grade swimming pool and health club; series of connecting public courtyards; 4,500 m2 automated vehicle storage
Architecture; exterior envelope; interior design of public spaces
Associate Architect: Miron Cohen | Dudi Tolkovsky Architects, Jerusalem; Mechanical: Harari Consulting Engineers Ltd.; Preservationist: Uri Padam; Landscape Architecture: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Images: PCF&P, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners