פרויקט השנה - קטגוריית נוף
The restoration of the Sarona neighborhood,
its architectural qualities hidden from the
public due to (or thanks to) it’s function as
a military base and government compound,
is still controversial (See article in AI # 100).
The gardens designed on its remains is a
contemporary interpretation of the Templar
neighborhood rather than conserving it as
an authentic living urban space.
During the seventies’ Israel Lands
Administration decided to redesign
the compound for pure real estate
considerations, without any sensitivity for its
architectural value. Thanks to several public
bodies, the place was redesigned ending
in 2006 with the approval of a compromise
plan for restoration, preserving only 37
Prepared by architect Kalman Katz for the
Tel Aviv Municipality, the plan defined the
historic neighborhood as a park.
The design of the park, entrusted to the
Tzur-Wolf Firm, was based on the creation
of protected spaces between the restored
Templar buildings, which were then rented
out for primarily commercial, recreational
activities, with merely symbolic reference
to the spirit of the place. The design was
based on four main streets for pedestrians
only, including the walls between the
yards, fences, drainage infrastructure and
vegetation, in an attempt to restore its
historic section, as planned by architect
Theodore Sandel in 1870.
The park was divided into five areas, each
of which describes a layer of Templar
community life. In this context, about 300
mature trees were saved to form the Cypress
avenues and annex. New planning included
grevilleas, eucalyptus trees, washingtonia
palms, fruit trees and ornamental gardens.
Ora Hacham Rafael.
sarona gardens, tel tviv
Zur-Wolf Landscape Architects