Initiated by The Jerusalem Development Authority, this project stemmed from winning the Design Competition Of The Jerusalem Open Space and Governmental Area in 2008, which goal was to turn the space into and “green lung”, a central urban park that would serve as a place for diverse activities and would form an educated synthesis between government institutes and cultural and recreational activities for locals and tourists.
The project’s site spans over 170 acres and is located near the capital center of Israel: the Knesset, the Supreme Court and the government buildings compound. In order to reveal the urban solution that both characterizes and preserves the image of Jerusalem, we tried to expose the original surface conditions and read them following the natural topography of the wadies (dry valleys).
Our project does not deal with planning a defined structure but rather aims to study, expose and understand the issues of planning in the Sacker Park site, focusing on the question of what kind of intervention would be suitable for this site in order to turn it into a lively center point in city life. The open space defined by this project creates a landscape system that allows the masses to enjoy its beauty, all while maintaining its local language and “Jerusalemness”.
Our design concept laid on the following principles:
– Utilize the natural park topography.
– Follow the language of the Jerusalem wadies.
– No reduction of ground surface
– adhere to green building principles, so the energy required to operating the coffee shop is produced by solar cells that roof the sitting area.
The coffee shop is the first milestone of the proposed project, completed in September 2018. The overall vision also includes an amphitheater and a promenade overlooking the park and the old city, thus establishing a structure that forms an architectural linkage between the old city and the western modern one. It also sets an infrastructure for future development.
|Program||Bonsai 3d design studio and Michael Lin|
|3D Images||Bonsai 3d design studio 和 Michael Lin|
|Sketches, plan and sections||Yaniv Pardo Architects|
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Established in 1999 by Yaniv Pardo (b. Israel, 1967), Yaniv Pardo Architects works in a wide variety of architectural disciplines on projects ranging from the design of urban spaces, through apartment buildings and private residences; carrying the project through external and interior design.