Netanya city hall

Status: Competition

Year: 2011

Location: Netanya, IL

Floor Area: 25000 M²

Collaboration with David Reznik - Baruch Reznik Arch.

The design of the new city hall building in this location is an opportunity to create a new urban environment that reinforces and connects the existing urban centers in this part of town. The proposal creates 2 new public squares linking the new building to the city – an official square connecting the building entrance to the courthouse and shopping mall and a cultural square, connecting the building to the concert hall and future mediatek. The new official square also forms a new and formal entrance to the courthouse, also connecting on the bridge level the shopping mall to the 1000 year old Sycamore Park behind the city-hall.
The building consists of 2 parts – podium & tower, but the mass of the building slightly rotates every 4 floors, creating a dynamic shape of an eroded rock, carved by wind and sea waves. The façade, with its concrete shading elements, continues this theme, while allowing high energy performance for the building. The orientation of the building – mainly facing north and south, is ideal both for minimizing wind turbulence on the site, and for interior lighting and shading purposes.