Kaplan North Masterplan, Tel Aviv, Israel
Kimmel Eshkolot Architects

METROPOLIS – CITY – NEIGHBOURHOOD: enabling a community to develop an identity within a hectic urban context

This Masterplan for a site of 20,000 sqm in Tel Aviv is the winning proposal in an invited competition by the City of Tel-Aviv, in January 2016. It is currently in the development process with the municipality.

The vision is to create sustainable coexistence between a super busy urban space and an intimate residential neighbourhood. This concept is made possible by the decision to remove the Kiriya (the IDF’s headquarters) from this central and busy site, and turn this once secretive and secluded area to a great urban opportunity. As an innovative series of structures that connect this fragmented area, the design creates a new gateway to Tel Aviv.

The master plan includes two key parts:

East Side Elements: An area of dense and complex structures, relating to the surrounding towers, as well as to additional towers which are planned in the adjacent sites. The chosen strategy for this area is a ‘multi-layered vertical city‘, creating three urban spaces along the section of the project, gradually going from the public at the bottom to communal on top. The layered urban spaces are defined as follows: street/metropolis level, affordable housing (surrounding the plinth), level 5 and 30 – neighbourhood spaces and amenities for the users of the different programs on the upper levels (residential, offices and hotel). This strategy of locating the community spaces on the upper levels makes it possible for a community to develop an identity despite its central and hectic location.

East Side total area above the ground: 250,000 sqm

West Side Elements: Sarona garden, which is the main ‘urban room‘ of the area, will host large audiences from all over Tel Aviv’s metropolis. The garden is an open urban space which encourages spontaneous leisure activities, open concerts and gatherings. Within this zone are the low-rise listed buildings which are on the site.

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