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.
The Mount Herzl National Memorial Hall was unveiled last Thursday and today, on Israel’s Memorial Day, it was opened to families of the fallen for the first time. Although it remains under construction and closed to the general public for at least two more months, a video recorded from within the hall was posted by the Ministry of Defense.
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.
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.
The Jerusalem Municipality has completed a pilot program to test the viability of automated parking systems. Each Ferris-wheel-like unit occupies two parking spots and provides 12-16 vertical spaces in exchange. After the success of the initial test, expect to see more of the systems pop up around areas of Jerusalem that lack sufficient parking.