OKP     In Jerusalem, it is impossible to eat humus without it involving a story as well as it is not possible to buy a building without receiving a history lesson.  Old Katamon Place was born more than 100 years before we were born . At first there were 2 arab villas. One of them overlooking the road and the other overlooking the donkeys path behind. Back to back. After that, the Jordanians arrived and the building were rented to the rich men of the city and grew bigger and bigger. After the war, Israeli citizens arrived and those buildings were combined into one building. A few years later, the Israeli secret services bought the building and extended the building using it for their needs for decades.    The building's history was impossible to ignore. Although we added a wide extend of floors and functions we worked very hard on maintaining the building's character and authenticity. 8 very spacious apartments were designed. Each occupying half a floor. Each apartment has a front wide façade. Modern infrastructures were planned, new floors were designed, and a new staircase holding a Bauhaus vertical window stretches over the building. Keeping the unique location in mind, every apartment was designed with a modern yet local Jerusalem feel.       Site area: 959 sq | built area: 2500 sq    Architect in charge: Efrat Tudros | Entrepreneur:  "Jerusalem jersey"  | Illustrations: 3Division
   MARKET PLACE     We are standing on Rambam street, two building away to the "Carmel" market, overlooking this new project's site. Overlooking the project and smelling the market. Seeing the dealers stands in the nearby pedestrian street, but stealing glances at the market. The market was there first. And probably will remain long after the next municipal project.     When arriving back at the office, we spread our sketch books, and it was clear to us that it is not possible to design another typical Tel Avivian building in the front row with the well known market. A little wood coating and some popping windows just won't do it. We designed on the ground floor a store out of consideration of the existing urban façade, and a joyful colorful glass along the street façade. In another market, the one in Jaffa, we found a man that can still produce old fashion shutters. Metal  doors with small cracks for air flow and natural light penetration. We told our selves, that one day, when we are older and the kids will be all grown up, we will buy an apartment by the market and we will go strolling the market on early Friday mornings just before all the crowd arrives. And we will feel 24 years old. Again.         Site area: 325 sq | built area: 890 sq    Architect in charge: Galit Shacham | Entrepreneur:  "Kennedy Realestate"  | Illustrations: Anderman Architects
      SPA HOTEL     In a magical mountain site, between "Abu Gosh" and "Har Adar", stands an old building which started as a sanatorium and is now abandoned. The   Entrepreneur who bought the property was asking to transform the building into a modern spa hotel     that shall host visitors for relaxation and health vacations.    Our goal was clear but hard to achieve- adjusting the building to contemporary hotel standards despite the old structures, and changing the design so it will be suited to the new project approach. The narrow rooms were designed in a horizontal concept that should give a large feel to the room. The bathrooms are planned to be transparent, and by that allows the room to seem even bigger. The room is oriented to the Jerusalem Mountains through a new and large balcony. The material and colors palette consisting of oak parquet, bright wood furniture, white bricks and a touch of smoked relaxing colors, was designed around the spirit of the spa hotel. On the suites floor, we combined 2 historical rooms to a large and spacious suite.       Site area: 14000 sq | built area: 16000 sq    Planning Team: Michal Dovrat, Shirly Marko | Entrepreneur:  Reuven Ella  | Illustrations: Anderman Architects         
   JEWISH SPORT MUSEUM     The Jewish sport museum, that plans to be built in the Macabiya village, is a multipurpose project that includes, other than a museum, other different man functions such as a guest house, a large auditorium, class rooms and offices. the complexity of the museum emerges since it planned to be located in the heart a green campus, surrounded by eclectic buildings.    Our proposal tried to do exactly the opposite. Combining all functions in to a simple rectangular shaped building. Our building floats over the campus garden, letting the garden emerge inside. the auditorium's ceiling, that is buried underground also has a multifunctional purpose- it leads the visitors of the museum upstairs and through it the museum's exhibits are integrated with the campus to the outdoors. Making the exhibits available to wide audience does not only invite people into the museum but also gives the entire macabiya campus a new and meaningful entrance.       Site area: 3000 sq | built area: 3500 sq    Planning Team: Einat Mor, Hadas Wexler, Adi Cohen, Naama Hayun | Entrepreneur:  "Maccabi World Union"  | Illustrations: Anderman Architects     
   XXL    16 acres in "Givat Shaul" in Jerusalem. 100,000 sq of building rights. And a direct entrance from the new planned highway to Jerusalem, are a good start for a project. Only then you arrive at the site, become aware of the green mountains around and realizing that this project may steal the neighborhood of its green assets. From the first program meetings we realize that this project will have it all- huge shopping stores on the street floor, a technological college, a convention center and offices.  So we dissolved the mass into smaller parts- Ground floor and over them, floating, the offices buildings. The void between them was designed a green roof which is the main motion axis of the project, allowing the existing buildings behind reserve their glance at the view. The offices areas were also fragmented into 3 spacious compounds, creating open patios between them that also allows the view from neighborhood to the mountains.     Site area: 16,000 sq | built area: 103,000 sq  Architectin charge: Efrat Dvir | Entrepreneur: "Jerusalem Jersey" | Illustrations: Danny Rozen | Project Management: T.N.A
   NEGEV DAY CARE CENTER     That phone call you always wait for. On the line is Nadav. The competition organizer. Short small talk and courtesy words with a lot of tension in the air. Nadav cuts to the chase. "You won". Your offer Beat 121 other entries submitted from 18 countries. The entire office is psyched. I can't hear Nadav. I don’t really need to right now.    That was the end of the process. The beginning was 5 months earlier, we received the competition's terms, signed up for a field visit and started our studies. There was a lot to study. a few tours in existing daycare centers got us acquainted with the users of these centers. Adults with extreme disabilities. Planning for them (and no less important- for the staff working with them) is not an easy mission. Not technically, not practically, not emotionally.    We tried to keep it simple, clean and functional. Keeping in mind that the users of this project can be disturbed by any visual or sound based stimulation and that every problem of clearance and accessibility can make the smallest mission impossible for them.  Our approach of simple-clean-functional became even more important. Around the two main patio gardens, functioning as a shielded outdoor, we placed the class rooms and other functions. The outside world remains outside and life is created around the patios who are open to the sky. Surrounding the building is a public garden. One that will provide as a public space for the neighborhood as well as the center's residents.    Apparently, even today, clean-simple-functional is still relevant. Still appreciated.       Site area: 3500 sq | built area: 2700 sq    Co Architect: Danny Rozen | Planning Team:  Hadas Wexler, Efrat Tudros, Efrat Dvir |  Illustrations: Danny Rozen 
   URBAN RENEWAL      Urban renewal projects are not a new concept. Renewal projects are planned worldwide and are finally becoming a common approach in Israel too. Israel suffers from high density and a low un-built sites balance. Considering these aspects, urban renewal becomes extremely important. We do not have any more open space to exploit, yet we do have plenty of neighborhoods that were built decades ago, that suffer from neglecting and are today at a overall bad condition.    These neighborhoods are a significant part of Israel's real estate future. They offer a huge renewal potential inside the existing cities, as they lean on existing infrastructures.     Anderman Architects in collaboration with "Enav entrepreneur", "T.N.A" and Hadera municipality are involved today in several urban renewal projects in different stages of planning. The future is nearby and we are very happy to be playing an active role in designing it.        Site area: 21000 sq |   2950 apartments  Architect in charge: Adi Cohen | Project Management: T.N.A | Entrepreneur: "Enav"
   HOPE     Honestly, we haven't been to "The Tikva" neighborhood for years. Honestly, before returning there, a short while ago, we thought the same as you. But when we arrived at the site we found loads of old fashioned magic. The kind that does not make it to the magazines, that will not make it to the evening news. A nostalgic neighborhood for its good parts and the bad. A lot of small houses, a lot of people on the balconies and the public gardens. A street. A grocery shop. A real live neighborhood.    We knew we were not to plan two 8 stories building that will look as if we copied and pasted some generic building from Ashdod, Hadera or Natanya. So we went back to the classic Tel Aviv buildings. Those from the 50's. the buildings that create the street and not only stand beside it. Back to the garden below the building that sometimes even links one street to the other. Back to buildings that "talk" to each other and not only self centered.     "Hatikva" is not only the name of a neighborhood. It is also the belief that things can be done differently, a bit better.       Site area: 2200 sq | No of apartments: 52    Architect in charge:  Hadas Wexler |  Project Management: T.N.A | Entrepreneur:  "Svirsky" | Illustrations: Anderman Architects
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   THE PATH     The programme is for a museum. A nature museum. With all kinds of wings and climbing walls and a planetarium and a restaurant and offices. surrounding the site- government buildings, "Israel's Museum", "The Knesset", "The Hebrew University". And framing all these is Jerusalem itself. A whole lot of "story" around the site, but somehow, standing on the small hill where the museum is about to be built, and there is mainly a strong sense of the two main roads surrounding the site. Cant help but wondering "where is that story? Where is Jerusalem?"    We planned the museum as a few buildings. That reacted to the requirement for the museum to be built in several stages and also to the green extension close by.  The small buildings have a rather small footprint and connecting all the parts of the museum is a PATH. A new street planned only for pedestrians, connecting the government offices, "Israel's Museum", the university, "The Knesset" and many more. The museum is planned around the path. Part of it fully exposed, inviting guests to come in. in other parts, floating over the path are bridges connecting the different museum wings. The museum's scale is modest. Examining its section, will create a deep connection to the long known Jerusalem alleys. It is cozy to walk through, without the massive traffic surrounding. A good spot for a detour, for a coffee break.       Site area: 45000 sq | built area: 15000 sq    Co Architect: Danny Rozen | Planning Team:  Hadas Wexler, Galit Shacham, Efrat Tudros, Efrat Dvir |  Illustrations: Danny Rozen     
   TLV PATIO     Vizel strret is one of those Tel Aviv streets you know. Even if you never visited Vizel street you must have visited some very similar streets based in Tel Aviv. Nostalgic Tel Aviv streets, low scale, green with the white city buildings we love so much.    The entrepreneur asked us to design a modern building that utilizes the extended building rights. He gave us a site which building on it to the full building right would create a huge building that does not integrate with the street, that will always look newer than its neighboring building. To avoid that, we designed a green patio in the center of the building. One that will not only create air circulation to the apartments, but also allows comfortable open vertical movement areas and dissolves the mass. Allowing the building to be a lot more light rather than massive. The patio is planned to create nice encounters between the residents, in the staircase and the elevator. Just like it used to be.       Site area: 1400 sq | No of apartments: 36    Architect in charge:  Hadas Wexler  | Entrepreneur:  "Gindi Investments" | Illustrations: Anderman Architects      
   TRANSPERANT     Our first meeting with the partners a Greylock was revolving around the word "Transparency". It is one of the main international company's values, part of the managing perception and an essential part of the worldview. They were talking about transparency, and we were looking west from the ninth floor. We quickly noted to our selves- there is nothing blocking the view to the sea from this place nor is there any building higher than the Greylock's building in sight.    We thought to ourselves, not only the people in the offices deserve a constant sea view. The secretaries and other employees deserve a sea view as well. Obviously we could not avoid the need of walls. So we cancelled as many of them as possible and those who could not be cancelled, were designed to be glass. I order to have at least one solid footprint in the offices we landed "The Spaceship". A central work area that occupies all those that did not land an ocean view office.       Built Area: 750 sq    Architect in charge:  Galit Shacham  | Project Managment: Mario Maschani  | Photographs: Little Shauli      
   WEEKEND HOUSE     Many stories have been told about "Migdal" but we were not impressed. The first time we arrived there, standing on the northern corner of the site, we realized we were wrong. Green mountains, fields turning yellow, a lake, snow up ahead. It felt like Europe in a 10 minutes drive from Tiberias.     The   entrepreneur asked us to plan 14-16 units for people who can afford themselves a weekend home in one of the most beautiful places in Israel. The site did not make it easy. A long narrow strip with  a very steep topography. Not east, but the view was defiantly worth the effort. We also offered another model of mini villas that can have a private garden as well as use the neighbor unit's roof, more suitable for people that are used to live on a large scaled site in the city. I don’t know if the second model we offered is what made us win the competition. But the important thing is that we won.        Site area: 4700 sq | No. of units: 22    Architect in charge:  Efrat Tudros  | Entrepreneur:  Eitan Bloomberg | Illustrations: Anderman Architects
  DILIGENT  urban renwall, reuse and sustainabilty are issues in the front row of univerasl discussions a whole lot of talking and discussing and way to little actions. in this new project we are designing we have been given the chance to actually do.. the project is a business hotel in one of the most occupied business districts in israel. the first three storeys are currently occupied by an old industrial facility. instead of destroying the building and planning a new one instead, we plan to reserve most of it. though the majority of the building mass will remain, its design will change extensivly. inside and out. the industrial look and feel will remain in the large loft rooms along with new facilities and modern systems that will bring the building up to date and transform it to adjust to its new functional needs. over the existing builiding will arise  several more floors, built using "dry technologies", enabling fast construction and light weight structures. none the less important is that the new design is distinctly inspired by the authentic industrial vibe of the existing building. the vision is to create a functioning renewal method. the functions and design are replaced but we give a large scale of concideration in reusing many of the resources that have already been used. we believe it not necessary to begin a new project by demolishing the existing. some times it is possible and even best to use the foundations thar are already on ground.  Architects in charge: Hadas Wexler, Einat Mor | Illustrations: 3Dvision
  YH9  the project is located in one of the most occupied business districts in israel. it is a mixed use building offering a variety of functions that contributes to the existing street. the project hold commercial facilities, offices, short term appartments and a floating open floor up high that acts as an urban balcony, connects between the different functions and and allows the building to seem light and natural.  urban renwall, reuse and sustainabilty are issues in the front row of univerasl discussions  our vision is to bring to life our beliefs about the strength of urban mixed use and its ongoing effects on urban renwall.   Architects in charge: Adi Cohen | Illustrations: 3Dvision