Tamar Ben-Israel

Third year studio

Radical continuity‭ ‬

“The archetypal courts appear mainly in memory‭.‬”

Led by ‭| ‬Architect Daniel Mintz

Tel Aviv as a capitalistic city aspires to heights‭, ‬steel‭,  ‬glass and concrete blocks‭, ‬which creates separation and detachment from the interface with the city’s surface‭, ‬the terrain‭.‬


The project is located in the Montefiore neighborhood‭, ‬that used to be an industrial zone and now in the process of becoming a residential neighborhood as part of the urban continuity of the city‭. ‬Torn between its past and its future‭, ‬between memory and forgetfulness‭. ‬It is adjacent to an highway‭ (‬Ayalon HWY‭) ‬on one side‭.‬

The fragment I focused on is located above Ayalo in part and most of it below the highway‭. ‬The project serves the continuity of‭ ‬the city‭, ‬and is connected to the existing streets‭.‬

Ram Koolhaas in his project‭  ‬Melum-Senart‭  ‬in Paris‭, ‬talks about creating a system of programmatic strips as a horizontal two-dimensional structure for the city‭, ‬a system that creates order within the developing city on which Koolhaas has no control‭.‬

I realized that by creating a three-dimensional spatial structures‭, ‬an array of urban continuity can also be produced‭. ‬This structural system creates a connection‭, ‬continuity and quietness within the emerging urban chaos‭.‬

The programmatic bands of Koolhaas are expressed differently‭, ‬now‭, ‬they connect the city in many different levels‭. ‬One strip that aspires skywords and the other to the abyss‭.‬

On a smaller scale‭, ‬the project maintains a vertical set of different programs that maintain a rich human composition‭, ‬and are combined and exposed to one another‭.‬

The project connects to the spatial structure that aspires to the abyss and creates continuity with the city‭.‬