Migdal HaRakevet

If there is one name that has become synonymous with the reshaping of Jerusalem’s skyline, it’s Pei, Cobb, Freed, and Partners.

Responsible for the two towers of Mitcham Etz Chaim, Mitcham Kiach, and Benin, there will be nary a vantage point in Downtown Jerusalem from which their work will be hidden. With the recent announcement of Migdal HaRakevet, the firm expands their architectural influence to the city entrance.

Situated next door to the nearly-completed HaUma Railway Station, the building’s visage will loom above the circular opening of the transportation hub, commanding the gaze of commuters arriving from Tel Aviv via the high-speed rail.

As this building will be the first site many visitors to Jerusalem will see, it is clear that its design is meant to inspire the observer, deviating from the sharper angles seen throughout the neighborhood and even the firm’s other structures in the city.

The result is a concept not dissimilar to the twisted style of the newly completed Azrieli Sarona Tower. The sweeping edifice will stand 36 storeys above ground and will serve exclusively as an office tower, connecting below grade to the railway station beside it.

Once completed, the building will be the centerpiece of the 13 planned towers of the Jerusalem Business District, transforming the urban fabric of the area and, indeed, the city.

A completion date was not available at the time of posting.

Migdal HaRakevet

4 thoughts on “Migdal HaRakevet

  1. Shimon Elstein says:

    When was it decided that Jerusalem should become a city full of high rise towers?
    This is a major change to the city character. One would think that this deserves a serious public discussion.

  2. Asher Samuels says:

    There’s a limited amount of space in Jerusalem, so the only direction in which one can easily build is up.

    1. Shimon Elstein says:

      That is true, but a major change to the appearance of the city should not be a decision made by anonymous bureaucrats. This is a major public issue. The public should be involved.

      Also, those involved in city planning prove over and over again that they are not very good at it:
      1) The Holy Land Towers
      2) Large neighborhoods like Gilo & Ramot built without decent road access.
      3) Non stop building in Har Hotzvim that overloads the roads in the area.
      4) Building large towers in Mitcham Etz Hayim (with underground parking) that will totally overload the streets in the area.

      Those involved in city planning (Who are they???) don’t make the welfare of Jerusalem residents their #1 priority (or even a high priority) and the entire city suffers for it.

  3. nechamasarah says:

    Sadly while this may be unique architecture, it is not pleasing to the eyes of Yerushalamites. We adore the old, the stones, the olive trees, the ancient living areas. What the unlinked capitalists wish to create in Jerusalem is a modern cold eyesore. No character reflecting the history of our ancient new City of Jerusalem and the Ir Atikah. Moshe Safde was a man of sensitive vision; its a shame his ideas were not incorporated into our beautiful forever City of Jerusalem.

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