Office and Commerce



Location | HaPalmah St. Ashkelon

Area | 5,000 sqm

Status | undergoing municipal approval process

Designed by | Arch. Yaron Israel, Arch. Ido Tsarfati

The building is planned in the old commercial area of the city.

We aimed to design a project that combines with its surroundings and enriches the urban experience in the area.

To do that we tried to analyze an urban situation that's familiar to us, we consider positive and includes a transition from an active urban street to the interior of an office building.

The presented mapping of the center of Madrid, Spain, defines a series of transitions between spacial situations.

The mapping has become a spatial program that determines, alongside the demands of the client, the master-plan and the limitations of the lot, the way the building functions in the relations between private and public an between opened and closed.

The buildings facade has been designed with repetitive elements which include uni-size concrete framed glass windows. The concrete frames shade the windows and create a unifies pattern to the building.  


The Design Process

The sequence of the urban situation marked on the map of central Madrid along combined and pedestrian streets

The sequence from a pedestrians point of view and the notation of an open\closed section of each phase

Rebuilding the spatial sequence to define it's properties

The existing sequence marked on the map of central Ashkelon alongside combined and pedestrian streets. 

Parts 1-3 of the spatial sequence occur outside the project in the transition from a busy traffic street to a pedestrian commercial street and to an alley leading to the project's lot.

The continuation of the sequence in to the project.

Parts 4-8 are planned within the project in the covered entrance to an open air court, from there to a covered entrance to the building and upwards to the building where a gap has been opened to expose a view between it's two wings