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.
With an anticipated opening day set for later this year, Sea Israel: The Gottesman Aquarium is quickly taking shape. Here is the first look at the most ambitious project of the Biblical Zoo since it moved from Romema to Malcha in 1993.