Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners, the firm tasked with projects like the Grand Louvre and the US Holocaust Museum, are now planning on preserving and updating the Etz Chaim Yeshiva complex. Situated next door to Machane Yehuda, the firm is sensitive to the needs and history of the location.
A street-wall hotel is being constructed on the scale of the buildings that run along Yafo. The existing portal on the outer wall will welcome visitors and passersby alike into a courtyard garden, shopping center, restaurants, the existing structures (which will be public buildings), and two new towers:
The towers will each be 24-storeys with a total of 24,100 sqm. and they will accommodate modestly sized apartments. The shutters, visible in the mock-up above, are a unique design feature that changes based on how the rooms are being used. The firm claims that they are based in local tradition.
Underground parking is another attractive new feature, in addition to publicly accessible amenities including a swimming pool and health club, part of which will make use of and preserve a historic cistern.