Urban Corridor Matrix

The Urban Corridor Matrix is the result of a research conducted over several years to look for an alternative way of conceiving mixed-use development. For details, watch video (9:31′)
 
We posed ourselves six goals:
1. To change the “Land use” concept into a Space Use concept
2. To create urban sustainability beyond LEED’s benchmarks
3. To make affordability possible
4. To prioritize pedestrians over cars
5. To make higher density synonymous of life quality
6. To develop an open system for future growth and change
 
Some of the features included are:

  • Open public spaces within the blocks
  • Bike routes
  • A mix of retail spaces
  • Institutional facilities above street level
  • Residential units of multiple types
  • Flexibility of use, size and building components
  • Time share of office module
  • Site specific art

Housing for the Elderly

We were commissioned by Israel’s Ministry of Housing to design 115 affordable housing units for seniors along one of Jaffa’s main arteries.

  • Alternative meeting places
  • Lobbies in every floor
  • A barrier-free building
  • Central solar water heating
  • Natural light and cross ventilation throughout
  • Interior built-in planting in all floors

 In 2000 the American Institute of Architects selected it as one of the best projects built by AIA members overseas.

 

Rothschild

On a residential building of the 1930’s Bauhaus Style in Tel Aviv we designed its conversion into a design hotel. Two floors were added for a business club.

Hollywood Hotel-Office-Cineplex

We called it “Romeo and Julia Pregnant,” kissing. It was a project for a design competition in the heart of Hollywood. It included an 800-seat theater, a cineplex, an office building and a hotel. Most of the lower areas is accessible to pedestrians at street level. The two towers connected to each other at both the 10th floor and at the upper levels, which included restaurants and amenities. The curtain wall on both towers was conceived as a glass artwork.

Ramot-E

Ramot is a new neighborhood in the northern part of Beer Sheba. It was master planned by Israel’s Ministry of housing to contain 18,000 dwelling units. Its urban design was assigned to six teams of architects, each to be in charge of approximately 3,000 dwelling units. This subdivision included schools, parks, sports, commerce, synagogues, kindergartens and senior housing. We were commissioned one ot these sections, “Ramot-E.”

Following the conceptual development stage, which conceived a continuous central park as the spine of this hilly section, we were  joined by Yuval Cadmon Architects. Together we completed a design process that lasted a decade. The design is now statutory and the neighborhood will be built within the next years.

The planning has been conceived to mitigate traffic and speed. This is achieved by curving its streets and designing T-intersections. All schools are accessible through bike routes.