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

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