Sustainable Benefits - The Barn and The Gallery

Sustainable Benefits

The term sustainable architecture is related to the increasingly popular recycling trend. This is because the building process involves the consumption of natural resources and energy. The aim of sustainable architecture is to conserve energy and to recycle the materials used by redefining the buildings function and elongating its life instead of wasting more resources and energy by rebuilding it. Changing the building’s destination has other positive consequences. Mainly, it helps maintain the urban infrastructure whilst enriching the context with new functions.


            The two projects discussed in this article are examples of the advantages of sustainable architecture over the evacuate-and-rebuild style of development. The first project is the Library of the Musical Note in Kibbutz Eilon located in the Western Galilee. The second project is 'Time for Art' - a gallery and a restaurant located in the heart of Tel Aviv in a 1920s renovated residential building.


The Library of the Musical Note, Kibbutz Eilon


            The music center in Kibbutz Eilon was established in 1990, and has since grown into an International educational institution. The transformation of the old barn into a library preserved the original structure entirely, integrating elements such as the grain lift and the chaff pit to become a symbolic heritage of the kibbutz.


            Located in the center of the kibbutz, the new addition is constructed of steel and glass to create a visual counterpoint to the original structure. The building has three floors: The library is located on the first floor; the second houses a collection of old records and musical instruments; and  the third floor - a board room and an archive. Windows on the north-west side allow filtered light to penetrate inward whilst the rooftop reveals a breathtaking view of the Western Galilee.


Architects: Atelier - Graciela Vakarat and Eyal Mines



Time for Art, a gallery and restaurant, Tel Aviv


            The art gallery-restaurant is located on Montefiore St. in the center of Tel Aviv in a residential building designed and built in the eclectic style of the early twentieth century. The residential building stood neglected for most of the century until it was recently transformed by interior designer Gad Halperin. Halperin’s main objective was to maintain the exterior shape and function of the building whilst transforming the inside as much as possible to meet its new designation. Thus, behind the eclectic exterior layer hide the modern interior elements. The changes in the ground floor are minimal because here Halperin integrated the eclectic design of the outside mantle into the interior design of the lobby and restaurant. The contrast between the building’s wrapping and interior is most visible in the upper two floors which serve as the art gallery. Here the outside is separated from the inside by adding modern elements necessary to achieve its new goal of displaying works of art.


Architects: Studio Gad.


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