TEL AVIV – When architects Eran Binderman and his then studio partner Rama Dotan wanted to take part in a competition for a 30-floor apartment tower in Tel Aviv, they couldn’t enter because of a lack of experience with buildings this size. They therefore teamed up with Moshe Zur, an architect well-versed in the design of skyscrapers. He did many in the Israeli city. One of the most recent ones is the Azrieli Sarona Tower, a warped glass office behemoth that’s nearing completion at the moment.
The site of the new tower was on the corners of Remez and Arlozorov streets, in a spacious, north-Tel Aviv area with mainly multi-family homes. ‘A bit of a bourgeois neighbourhood,’ says Binderman. The site used to serve as a parking lot for the healthcare administration building next door; on the opposite side of the street is the well-known Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium. ‘There are not many towers in this area,’ says Binderman, ‘and therefore we wanted to make a tower that’s so ephemeral that it seems to disappear.’
The architects designed a glass tower with blinds in the cavities between the inner and the outer glass panes. Not just in the windows, but everywhere: also in the parapet walls and window piers. In order to give the façades an even lighter impression, the architects extended the two side walls of the tower at the front, stressing the transparent qualities of the building and at the same time creating a frame for the balconies. Only the rear façade is different: a large part is covered with bright extended metal mesh, hiding the technical spaces from view. Different from most high rises, technical installations have been installed on each floor, close to the individual apartments, rather than on the roof or in the basement.
The same care was extended to interior, which was the work of Pitsou Kedem, and the garden. For the latter, Tema Landscape Architects designed a series of pathways which, when seen from above, have the shape of a leaf.