Mobileye Jerusalem Office Campus

Two months after their $15.3 billion acquisition by Intel, Mobileye has revealed plans for a new campus on Har Hotzvim. The company, which currently employs just under 700 people, expects to grow to 4,000, making the new office park crucial to their expansion goal.

Designed by Moshe Zur Architects, the project comprises a 30-storey tower and eight smaller buildings which will add 57,000 square meters of office space. The interior makes use of an open workspace design common in modern office parks, despite their questionable benefits.

Also of concern is the addition of more buildings in an area that already suffers from major traffic congestion. Of course, by the time the project is completed, construction of the blue line of the light rail, which will serve hundreds of thousands of commuters, will be well underway.

Mobileye Jerusalem Office Campus

Shaare Zedek Radiotherapy Center

Construction of a new radiotherapy unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center will commence in June of this year. The 7,000 square meter structure, designed by Canadian firm Farrow in collaboration with Rubenstein Ofer Architects, will complement the pre-existing cancer treatment facilities at the hospital.

The building’s shape is meant to evoke that of a butterfly – a creature that transforms within a nurturing habitat until it can finally take to the skies and soar. The striking design is far from clinical, which, of course, is deliberate.

A new wave of research that emphasizes the importance of good architecture, especially in places of healing, may be the impetus behind Farrow’s plan. The inside of the building further demonstrates this break from the norm. Light, airy, and natural, the radiotherapy center will invigorate body and soul.

Of course, there are also studies that suggest that facilities such as this can be a lucrative investment for a hospital. An enhanced patient experience can measurably reduce costs and improve outcomes. Quality amenities mean a reduced patient length of stay and a lower rate of infection.

The development of the center represents the initial phase of a comprehensive $80 million master plan for the hospital, which will add 300,000 square meters of clinical, retail, commercial, and hotel space to the campus. Once completed, the Shaare Zedek Medical Center will have not only the capacity for more world-class therapeutic and research facilities but also an open and inviting space for patients and visitors alike.

Shaare Zedek Radiotherapy Center

Mitcham Kiach

Jerusalem construction is reaching new heights. Projects like the business district are pushing the limits of the architectural definition of the city, and formerly low-rise neighborhoods are expanding skyward. As part of the municipality’s unprecedented plan to change the vertical character of the city, Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners have revealed their vision for Mitcham Kiach.

Located adjacent to Mahane Yehuda, Mitcham Kiach will occupy the site of the historic Kiach school building. The property, which is currently used as a parking lot, will be open to the public, allowing for freedom of movement and easier access to vital shopping streets. The former school building will be converted into a boutique hotel and two 26-storey residential towers will round out the space.

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The project is part of strategy to gentrify and increase the population of the area and will complement the J-Tower and Mitcham Etz Chaim, another project of Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners.

Mitcham Kiach

Ohel Shlomo and The Jaffa Street Residences

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The historic courtyard neighborhood of Ohel Shlomo, characterized by its colorful outer wall and proximity to the Mahane Yehuda Market, has been immune to the gentrification of Yafo Street for decades. Much like the neighboring Batei Saidoff, however, the depressed location is about to undergo its biggest change since the late 1800s.

With an eye towards the future and an appreciation for the past, Israeli architecture firm o2a Studio envisions the site with its historical buildings preserved and the addition of 200 new residential units of varying size (11,700 square meters total). Commercial space will line the ground floor, overlooking an open courtyard.

Further down the road, o2a Studio has designed an 8-storey residential building. The project, known as The Jaffa Street Residences, features 56 apartments and ground-level commercial space contained in a 4,500 square meter building.

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Unlike the aforementioned Ohel Shlomo project, a portion of the outer gate will be preserved. Additionally, the building will include smaller (45 square meter), more affordable apartments.

The plans for both projects were submitted last year and are undergoing the municipal approval process.

Ohel Shlomo and The Jaffa Street Residences