Our main concept, the green gates, serves to accentuate our main goal,
create an unique identity for Rishon, a Destination city.
We follow three simple strategies:
1. REINFORCE WHAT IS THERE
- The existing Dune landscapes and berms created by the lowered highway
and train have been strengthened by a green “ blanket” creating a green
park as the center and terminal point for Rishon. This green park with its elevated
berms create green gates rising up to notify the entrance of the city.
- The existing infra-structures ( highways, train, viaducts), have been added
to, elevated bike, skate and walking paths and tram station, now re-connect
all four sectors of Rishon in one intertwined city as a hyperactive terminal.
The paths create a more leisure oriented infrastructure which has shading,
is adjacent but seperate from car traffic, and activates the green park.
2. INSERT (A) NEW LIFE
-The green berms are not just extensions of the green berms and earth
moves, but contain and cover a whole new level of services; the addition
of variegated services elevates Rishon to a city of the 21 st century, with
a saturation of sports, green markets, covered parking, cinemas, icerink
and shopping, a destination city. The berm surfaces thus transform from
stormwater retention green scapes to patterns of skylights and sun shading
surfaces, thus filtering and softening the climate.
3. CREATE A MARKER
-An extremely high tower is the marker of arrival, which sits on a eco strip
landscape, providing gardens, kindergardens, stormwater management
and an integration of the existing dune landscapes.
-The tower itself has a mix of functions allowing for residences, workspaces
and retail to mix and adjust to market pressures. Its loft like spaces adaptable
to any function.
-As it is directly connected to train station and parking, this becomes the
new business attractor for the city, a new ambition and identity.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Rishon Lezion, Israel
My Role: Designer
Additional Credits: Archi-Tectonics