Established by Baron Edmond de Rothschild in 1876, the Carmel Winery occupies a unique place in the center of the city of Rishon LeZion. On a 3.2-hectare site, the well-preserved nineteenth-century complex of buildings presents an extraordinary opportunity to revitalize the city center and create an urban precinct of great amenity and experiential depth.
The winery buildings to be preserved are architectural artifacts of great interest and quality. Robust, deftly crafted, and materially rich, they lend themselves to a reinterpretation that will make manifest their orderly structural hierarchy, grandeur of space, and potential for inventive future use.
The opening up of the walled compound will allow the public to enjoy the unexpected functional amenity of this repurposed industrial complex. There will be a rich tapestry of uses, including commercial, cultural, residential, and recreational. At the same time, the lively new precinct will suffuse the adjacent neighborhoods with fresh energy and, in particular, galvanize the adjacent Gan Ha’ir (City Garden) as the recreational focus of the city.
Our design is predicated on a respect for the scale and form of the existing buildings and proposes a substantial structured garden in which they may reside, both spatially and temporally. Three tall towers frame this garden and provide a focus for the historic center of Rishon LeZion on its skyline.
This ambitious project is an opportunity to imagine a sustainable urban future, in which past and present are seamlessly interwoven.
142,000 m2 / 1,520,000 ft2 gross area; outdoor public space, public amenities, retail, residences
Master planning, architecture, exterior envelope, interior design of public spaces
Preservation: The history of the Yekev is the source of its unique identity. It is a landmark with the potential to give focus and structure to the urban landscape of Rishon LeZion.
Associate Architect: Kimmel Eschkolot Architects; Preservationist: Mandel Architects; Traffic: Yaron Evron Engineering Ltd.; Preservation Surveyor: Mabat 3D Technologies Ltd.; Images: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Ian Bader/Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, PCF&P