Prizes and Competitions

Prizes and Competitions

The final application date of the Project of the Year Competition has been extended to the 20th of November. The last date for submission remains the end of November. The jury will be chaired this year t by architect Bjarke Ingels of the BIG group.

Kisselov Kaye Architects won the competition of the planning of the Eilat municipality and the town square. The building and square were planned as one unit, expressing the pluralism characteristic of the tourist town and its unique scenery. Defined on three sides by culture buildings, the square will connect on the fourth side to the palm-tree boulevard leading to the Egged bus station. The municipality offices will be located on two-storey blocks, with public passageways between them, and above them the governmental offices.

Studio b6 was chosen to plan the master plan for the sport and recreation park in Ramat Hasharon. In addition to the tennis center which will be upgraded to international standards, the park will contain some other sport structures, as virtual preparation for the Olympic Games that, with god’s help, may one fine day take place in Israel.

The competition for the future model of Israel’s chicken coops was won by architect Itai Peleg, architect Yoseph Burstein and architect Nathan Gulman. The double-mantled structure will integrate recycled materials, offering ways to produce electricity from the guano with photo-electric cells and wind-fans.

Architect Naseem Dwairy’s entry for the international competition for planning a concert hall adjacent to an Estonian church was favorably noted. Dwairy’s proposal was based Gregorian rhythm characteristic of Estonian composer Arvo Part. The building consists of a rhythmic system of wooden masses that create a dialogue between the open and the closed, interior and exterior.

Kimmel-Eshkolot Architects won the competition for planning the nature collections building at Tel Aviv University. Including storage, labs and exhibition space, the building will also serve as an entry gate for the botanical and zoological gardens.

Danish BIG group won the invited competition for the planning of the Astana national library, Kazakhstan. Headed by Bjarke Ingels, the group competed against 19 leading firms, among them Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster. The jury was chaired by the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan. The drum-shaped building is a combination of four circular archtypes - the round national archives, the spiral public spaces, the circle geometry of the Mobius, and the radially abundant section of the Kazakh landscape.

Events

Buildings planned by the American branch of Axelrod-Grubman are included in the program 'Home Interiors' of the Los Angeles branch of AIA. The Institute for Workers' Safety and Health has translated the regulation pamphlet for work at heights into Arabic, with the passing of new regulations that require workers to learn the procedure for work at heights, including personal protection equipment, rescue lines, and anchoring points. A pity this is happening only when nowadays most of the construction workers in the country speak Chinese, Russian or Turkish.
The pamphlet can be ordered from the Distribution Dept. at 03-6575147. www.osh.org.il

The Haifa District Appeals Committee accepted the appeal submitted by the preservation bodies that objected to the changes about to be made in the Mivtachim rest-home in Zichron Yaakov. The committee determined that the plan would be transferred for continued deliberation to the district committee, as the designated change includes the construction of an event hall that exceeds the jurisdiction of the local committee. Planned in 1972 by Yaakov Rechter (who received the Israel Prize for it), the building - considered one of the jewels of Israeli architecture, was purchased three years ago by entrepreneur Lilly Elstein, who declared her intention to preserve it, only to introduce massive changes planned by…the Rechter office.

Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art in Haifa was honorably cited by the Japanese Foreign Minister - the most prestigious award given annually to an institute outside of Japan. The prize was given to the museum for its contribution to the advancement of Japanese art. Established in 1959, the modest museum was designed in the spirit of its initiator and donor Felix Tikotin. Considered one of the most important collections outside of Japan, the museum holds around 7000 items, out of which about 4000 are from Tikotin’s private collection. Worth a visit.

Projects

The Kinneret Academic College is building a new library at the cost of 26 million NIS. Planned by architect Gaby Schwartz, the library will hold, at its completion in one year, 100,000 issues and 100 computer posts.

The Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem has been inaugurated. Planned by Moshe Safdie and interior designer Piero Lissoni, this is the first in a hotel chain owned by Alfred Akirov. Lissoni - one of the leading designers in Italy, is responsible for the design of the Grand Canal and Monaco hotels in Venice. 194 rooms, and luxurious suites.

Exhibitions

'100% Design' is the flagship exhibition of the world of design in general, and London’s in particular. Showcasing all the new building materials and the field’s innovations, this year it focused, in the spirit of the times, on sustainable issues. Been there - Hillit Dror and Gad Halperin.

Exhibition of Moshe Gross's works - one of the prominent architectural photographers, took place at the Educational Academy of Wizo Haifa. Gross, whose son Eli continues his work at Keren Orr Studio, has been active for 50 years, and is regarded as one of the starring photographers of the 1990s’ blooming of the Post-Modern architecture in Israel.

The world-renown exhibition of consumer products - 'Ambient' will take place, as every year, in Frankfurt, Germany, between the 12-16.2.2010, with three sub-exhibitions: Dining, Giving and Living. www.messefrankfurt.co.il

The exhibition 'Projects' will be held at the Fair Grounds, Tel Aviv, on the 7-8.12.09, showcasing building and service products for the construction industry. The exhibition will also host a national architecture convention, with guest of honor - architect Prof. Ram Karmi.

'Borochov Street' - a painting by architect Ami Shinar was exhibited on Rothschild Blvd. during the Tel Aviv centenary festivities.

Students

The same exhibition also showed the final project of student Doron Tzin, of the Dept. for Visual Communication at Shenkar College. The installation 'Stumbling Blocks' depicts Tzin’s daily experiences, using a collage of blocks - each describing a unique situation from four aspects: the story, its location, the interpretation, and a detail of her personal portrait. Nice idea, Doron.

Students of the Academic College Wizo Haifa were exhibited at the Haifa municipality during September. The aim was to strengthen the ties of the recently-recognized institute and the city, while stirring up a public debate regarding preservation, recycling and renovation.

Ort Jerusalem College held an exhibition of its students of architecture, design and visual communication under the title 'Windows and Dreams 5'. Held at the Malcha mall, the exhibition included around 100 works attempting to connect dream and reality. Track head - architect Dani Reuveni.

Verging on Architecture

Metal artisan Vladimir Kizerman specializes in building models of various types of metal. Highly recommended. 0577-253663

Glass artist Jeremy Langford designed the catwalk for the fashion company Rock & Republic, Beverly Hills. The catwalk - a three ton glass sculpture, six meters long, grants a sensation of water.

That's it for now.
Keep in touch, Rachel
ruchi@netvision.net.il




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