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אדריכלות ישראלית


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

original buildings.

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.

Project architect:

Ora Hacham Rafael.

sarona gardens, tel tviv

Zur-Wolf Landscape Architects