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post updated 27 Feb 2020

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We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Israeli Architecture. We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across Israel. The focus is on contemporary Israeli buildings but information on traditional Israel buildings is also welcome.

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Major Israeli Building Designs – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

added 18 Oct 2013
Wohl Centre Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv
Design: Studio Daniel Libeskind, Architects
Wohl Centre Bar-Ilan University Ramat-Gan Israel Building Tel Aviv
photograph © Bitter Bredt
This building is located on the Bar-Ilan University Campus in Ramat Gan.

19 Sep 2013
CH house, Tel Aviv
Design: Domb architects
House in Tel Aviv Israeli Architecture
photo : Amit Geron
A house in the periphery of Tel Aviv, Israel. The design is clean and very limited in architectural elements. Basic finish materials: white plaster, iron and glass. The old house served the family while raising children. Now, when the children left home, it is home for the couple and serves for hosting the family and the grandchildren.

1 Aug 2013
Urban Villa, Tel Aviv
Design: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Urban Villa Tel Aviv Israeli Architecture
photo : Amit Geron
In the 1950s what was known as the “International Style” was highly developed in Tel Aviv. It developed thanks to architects who studied at the Bauhaus Institute in Germany and who then returned to Israel to continue their work. One of the architects who led the “International Style” was Dov Carmi. He designed many, usually large, projects. One of his more restrained projects was an urban villa in the center of Tel Aviv which he designed in 1951.

15 Jul 2013
Check-Point Building, Tel Aviv
Design: Kimmel Eshkolot Architects
Tel Aviv University Building
image from architect
The planned Check-Point Building for the Faculty of Computer Science and for science-oriented youth is located in the center of the campus, between the buildings of the Physics and Mathematics Faculties and the Dan David building.

13 May 2013
Archeological House, Ramat Ishay
Design: Uri Cohen
Archeological House Israel
image from architect
The scheme proposes to combine the ancient building complex with the new one by a central space. This allows observation from the ancient part to the new and vice versa, while it gives a new vertical dimension to the typology of the patio hinted at the ancient remains. The ‘floating’ structure of the building covers the ‘Antiquities Courtyard’, protecting it from rain, wind and sun while creating conditions of natural and artificial lighting. In this way, the ‘Antiquities Courtyard’ becomes a useful and meaningful outdoor space.

20 Jun 2013
Zipper House, Lachish
Design: Uri Cohen
Zipper House Israel
image from architect
The challenge in this scheme was to add a second house to the site in such a way that both will create an assembly of space and activity between the two families and still allow division and privacy.

19 Jun 2013
Leggenda Ice Cream Parlour, Tel Aviv
Design: SO Architecture
Leggenda Tel Aviv Israeli Architecture
photo from architect
This Ice cream parlor of the Leggenda chain is located on Rothschild Avenue. The concept is to create a unique sales ice cream vitrine, embedded into a complete unit with the sales display of the ice cream and the yogurt.

5 Jun 2013
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
Design: YBGSNA
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem
image from architect
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
Most public institutions in Jerusalem exist as gated compounds. This reality probably stems from the semi-desert/Mediterranean planning culture, which developed in a mostly, non-urban and rough landscape conditions, along with intense security considerations, prevalent in pre-modern and unfortunately in postmodern eras.

5 Jun 2013
Beam House, Arbel
Design: Uri Cohen Architects
Beam House - Israeli Architecture
photo from architect
Beam House
This home has been designed for a client who wished to build his home next to his farm. The design combines some of the utilitarian images of the agriculture buildings in that area with the fascination to the ‘beams’ construction of a ‘country home’.

added 31 May 2013
Hotel Villa, Yessod Hammala, north east Israel
Design: Uri Cohen Architects
Hotel Villa Israel
image from architect
Hotel Villa Yessod Hammala
This is a preservation and an extension of a historic heritage monument on the first street in Yessod Hammala, which was built by the ‘pioneers’ in the late 19th century. It’s located in a tourist area and this makes it possible (or at least part of it) to be used in the future as a boutique hotel or for another commercial use. This was the prime reason of creating one long corridor crossing the entire site which connects all kind of (outside) spaces that can be joined or rejoined in different phases for the future. The complex can by used as one, two or even three living units, one house with commercial space or guest rooms or even the whole complex as one hotel.

21 May 2013
Municipal Civic Center Masterplan, Hod-Hasharon, Israel
Architects: Chyutin Architects
Hod-Hasharon Buildings
image from architects
Municipal Civic Center Masterplan
The municipality of Hod-Hasharon was established as a cluster of four colonies or neighborhoods, each of which has its own center of public activities. The aim of the proposed municipal civic center is to create a complex of public services in an area common to the four neighborhoods, to unite them into a municipal fabric.

20 May 2013
TLV Forum Building – Israel architecture competition
Design: Kimmel Eshkolot Architects
Tel-Aviv White City Forum Building
image from architect
TLV Forum Building
Tel-Aviv White City Forum project is an Exhibitions Center, and is part of the huge Tel- Aviv Wholesale Market Project currently under construction, comprising thousands apartments, a mall, a school and a sports complex. The project, located in the city center, is built on the grounds of the former market, recently removed to the outskirts. The Forum will be a platform for genuine urban celebration. This will create a place that provides an exciting urban experience, attracting the public not only to exhibitions but also to its diverse and bustling urban space.

16 May 2013
Tel Aviv Architecture Photos
Kikar Hamedina Tel Aviv Israeli Architecture
photograph © Adrian Welch
Tel Aviv Architecture Photos : major buildings around the city centre

16 May 2013
Porter School Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv University Campus, Israel
Design: Geotectura / Axelrod-Grobman Architects / Chen Architects
Porter School Tel Aviv
photograph © Adrian Welch
Porter School Tel Aviv
The design gives a synergic approach to the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. The environmental aspect presents an energy sufficient structure that is derived from the site conditions (wind, sun, acoustic) and allows research that simultaneously presents the available technologies to the public. The surrounding buildings can plug in to the available recycling and energy systems within the building. The social aspect is achieved via human interaction throughout the entire building allowing formal and informal meeting places between researchers and visitors. The economical aspect saves building area and maintenance cost.

16 May 2013
Mamilla Hotel, central Jerusalem
Design: Safdie Architects
Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem
photo from Mamilla Hotel
Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem
A significant cultural, architectural and touristic evolution of the urban fabric of one of the world’s most iconic and timelessly beautiful cities happens this June with the opening of the first luxury lifestyle hotel in Jerusalem and Israel: Mamilla Hotel. Located in a remarkable position in the city centre with breath-taking views of the Old City walls, the Tower of David and Jaffa Gate, the Mamilla is a contemporary, world-class hotel that combines a distinctly international outlook with the unique cultural heritage of this most magnetic, frenetic, incredible city.

16 May 2013
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, western Israel
Design: Preston Scott Cohen
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
photo © Amit Geron Courtesy Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Tel Aviv Museum of Art – new photos
An international city renowned for its vibrant young culture and tradition of modern architecture, and a museum known as the very heart of its nation’s thriving arts community, today opened the doors of a visionary new building that may alter the future of museum architecture and lift its country to new prominence in the world of contemporary art.

16 May 2013
The Meier on Rothschild tower, Tel Aviv – construction progress
Design: Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Rothschild Tower Tel Aviv Building
photograph : Adrian Welch
Rothschild Tower Tel Aviv
This project is a pure, simple iconic residential, retail and office facility for the city of Tel Aviv. The 37-story tower for Berggruen Construction and Development will be located on Rothschild Boulevard and Allenby Street, one of Tel Aviv’s most distinguished addresses. The fundamental considerations that shape the tower scheme are the quality of light in the plan, views to the sea, and relationships with the existing fabric of Rothschild Boulevard. In the local neighborhood the intention is to integrate a new landmark building as an “anchor” in the heart of Tel Aviv, complementing its nearby modern predecessors in the Bauhaus style design of the historic “White City”.

15 May 2013
Solar Decathlon Project, Haifa, north west Israel
Design: Team Israel
Solar Decathlon Project Israel
image from architects
Solar Decathlon Project Israel
Testing the thermal performance of various aspects of the design and the building envelope has helped fine tune the house to the desired level of performance that fits both the Israeli and Datong climates.

14 May 2013
Charles Bronfman Auditorium
Concert Hall Building Israel
photograph © Adrian Welch
Concert Hall Building Tel Aviv
Major Tel Aviv building located on HaBima Square.

14 May 2013
Bialik Square Buildings
Bialik Square Israeli Architecture
photograph © Adrian Welch
Bialik Square Buildings
The Museum of the History of Tel Aviv-Yafo opened in 2009 in what was the old Tel Aviv Municipality building in Bialik Square. This is an elegant piece of city planning, humble, axial and successful as a place where people like to linger. It features a contemporary extension to the north.

14 May 2013
Habima Square
HaBima Square Israeli Landscape Architecture
photograph © Adrian Welch
Habima Square Buildings
HaBima Square (also known as The Orchestra Plaza) is a public space in the center of the city. It is home to a number of cultural institutions such as the Habima Theatre, the Fredric R. Mann Auditorium and the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art.

14 May 2013
Monument to the Negev Brigade, Negev Desert, southern Israel – review + photos
Design: Dani Karavan
Negev Brigade Memorial Israeli Architecture
photograph © Adrian Welch
Monument to the Negev Brigade

13 May 2013
Yad Va’Shem Holocaust Museum, Jerusalem – new photos
Design: Safdie Architects
Yad Va'Shem Holocaust Museum Building
photograph © Adrian Welch
Yad Va’Shem Holocaust Museum
The rebuilding of the Yad Va’Shem Holocaust Museum includes a new visitors’ center (Mevoah), a new history museum replacing the existing museum constructed in 1953, a Hall of Names, a synagogue, galleries for Holocaust art, an exhibitions pavilion and a learning and visual center. In addition, new underground parking and facilities for tour buses are located adjacent to a new entrance piazza. The overall program quadruples the permanent exhibition space.

13 May 2013
Beit Halochem, Be’er Sheva, Negev Desert, southern Israel – new images + review
Kimmel Eshkolot Architects
Beit Halochem Israeli Veterans' Home Be'er Sheva
photograph © Adrian Welch
Beit Halochem
The concept of the Israeli Veterans’ building, explained to me by the architect, was five ‘rocks’ in the desert with an overarching roof. Each ‘rock’ is a wing of the building and the intervening spaces are cloaked with a timber-lined soffit. Evaluating the design was hindered by a huge amount of clutter but in general the building seems to work though I found reading the layout from the entry and the foyer slightly difficult, the ‘rocks’ metaphor doesn’t quite work for me.

13 May 2013
Be’er Sheva Buildings, southern Israel – architecture review by e-architect editor Adrian Welch
Be'er Sheva Walkway Israeli Architecture
photograph © Adrian Welch
Be’er Sheva Buildings
Photos + information on low-rise housing, a megastructure and a university campus all located in the arid landscape of the Negev Desert.

13 May 2013
Design Museum Holon, Tel Aviv – review + photos by e-architect editor Adrian Welch
Design: Ron Arad
Design Museum Holon
image © DMH
Design Museum Holon
The building shows exhibitions about Israeli design, and on our visit was showing bathing suits and related designs. The structure is located on the edge of the traditional city centre, in a cultural quarter which is yet to complete. The building appears as an organic form, but within it is essentially formed by a large upper and a small lower gallery, both rectilinear. As a group we discussed the anomaly of billowing coloured swirls outside and the restrained white spaces within. The spaces might allow curatorial flexibility but the fact that their perimeter wasn’t reflected externally concerned us architect visitors as we have all been taught that form should be ‘honest’ and reflect the form of the space held within.

13 May 2013
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Design: various architects
Israel Museum Building
photo : Cecilia Koren
Israel Museum
The Israel Museum opened in 1965, in a Modernist complex nestled on the Judean Hills near The Knesset – the national parliament building – and the Hebrew University. Since that time, it has become the most eminent cultural institution in the region and one of the leading art and archaeology museums in the world, with collections growing exponentially over the past four decades. Now 45 years later, the museum has reopened after a $100 million expansion and renovation.

Israeli Building – Recent Designs

23 Nov 2012
Yad Le’Banim buildings, Ramat Yishay – Architecture Competition entry
Design: Talmon Biran Architecture Studio
Yad Le’Banim buildings - Israeli Architecture
picture from architects
Israel Architecture Competition entry
Yad Le’Banim buildings are multi-disciplinary cultural centers that offer cultural, social, and artistic activities for the local community in memory of fallen soldiers of Israel Defense Forces and Security Forces. The location of the proposed Yad Le’Banim building within an existing grove at the local council of Ramat Yishay provides a unique opportunity to integrate landscape with the architectural design.

26 Apr 2012
University Senate Center Beer-Sheva, southern Israel
Chyutin Architects
University Senate Center Beer-Sheva BGU University Be'er Sheva Building
photograph : Ardon Bar Hama
University Senate Center Beer-Sheva
The Senate Center complex at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev serves as the university’s administrative center. It contains an office building, the Senate Hall, and an exhibition space. The office building, which faces the campus’s main entrance plaza, on the main lengthwise pedestrian axis, is shaped like a monolithic cube with sandstone cladding, and encloses a circular inner courtyard. The main entrance to the plaza and to the complex is designed like a cleft carved into the rock of a canyon.

16 Feb 2012
B&B Italia Showroom, Tel Aviv, western Israel
Architects: Pitsou Kedem
Tel Aviv Showroom Building - Israeli Architecture
picture : Amit Geron
B&B Italia Showroom Israel
The designer breathed new life into an abandoned and dilapidated building in the Tel Aviv harbor area, and created, around one of the finest furniture collections in the world of design, a space that is both powerful and yet restrained at one and the same time. The 11 meter high structure with a unique façade consisting of a line of pillars was used by the designer as the base for the entire outer shell. The architect chose to leave in place only the pillars and beams and to remove everything else.

8 Dec 2011
Jerusalem District Courthouse, central Israel
Design: Chyutin Architects
Jerusalem Court House Building
picture from architects
Jerusalem Courthouse
The courthouse in Jerusalem is located on a newly designed main public square in the city center of Jerusalem. The building houses all the judiciary levels except the Supreme Court, and contains 113 courtrooms and 135 judges’ chambers. The design of the court building connects and bridges among the host of diverse design languages of the buildings around it while creating a distinctive language of its own.

Israel Architecture

Major Israeli Architecture Developments, alphabetical:

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
New Campus, Jerusalem
SANAA with Nir Kutz Architects
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
image from BAAD
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

Haifa University Student Center Building, north Israel
Chyutin Architects
Haifa University Student Center Israeli Architecture
photograph : Amit Giron
Haifa University Student Center

The Museum of Tolerance, Jerusalem
Chyutin Architects
Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem
image from architects
The Museum of Tolerance

Peace Peres House, Jaffa, central Israel
Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas Architects
Peace Peres House Jaffa - Israeli Architecture
image : Archivio Fuksas
Peace Peres House Jaffa

The Polonsky Academy, eastern Israel
Design: Chyutin Architects
Van-Leer Institute Building
render : Chyutin Architects
The Polonsky Academy

Rosso Restaurant, Ramat Ishay
SO Architecture
Restaurant Israel
photograph : Asaf Oren
Rosso restaurant Israel

Umm el-Fahem Museum Contemporary Art
SO Architecture
Museum for Contemporary Art Israel
image from architects
Umm el-Fahem Museum Building

Yehiam Memorial, Kibbutz Yechiam
SO Architecture
Yehiam Memorial Israeli Architecture
photo : Asaf Oren, SO Architecture
Yehiam Memorial, north of Israel

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Location: Israel, The Middle East

White City, Tel Aviv, western Israel
4,000 International Style buildings – UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Queen Alia International Airport
picture © Foster + Partners

Key Buildings in the Middle East

Kuwait Buildings

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Israeli Architect office – Moshe Safdie

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