Third year studio
“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.