Architectural design is a complex, accumulative process, concerning many voices, including the public voice. It is one rare art that is done by many, not by one. As we are many, it is perhaps easier for us to simulate the needs and conflicts that arise in every project, and thus, hopefully (at the price of exhausting our time and nerves), to reach desirable consequences. We hold that in order to be attentive to what the site has to offer (which is, in most cases, much more than what we may aspire to invent), the design should take place in real time and in real place. This might break the rule of the conventional building chain, client- architect- contractor- craftsman- supervisor- user, into a much freer, more flexible and responsive work pattern.
Architecture is, after all, what we find ourselves doing on a usual working day, if such a thing is to be prescribed. It is a resource demanding discipline and hence client dependent. Any success one may claim is due to an open minded, open hearted client, patient enough to what we have to utter in every opportunity about sustainability, about natural materials, about simple form, true to its generating need, about recycling and passive climate control, about modest lifestyle and about seeking to be in peace with our surrounding, in peace with our neighbors and in peace with ourselves.
Renovation and constuction of new exhibiton spaces in Pyramida, art workshops and galleries center in Wadi Salib, Haifa. The renewed institute will include some twenty ateliers and a 250 sqm art exhibition gallery.
Architectural design of the Art Education Center of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art
8 Dubnov st., Tel Aviv, Israel, 1994-1996
An ecological house in Ein Hod
This all-ecological house in Ein Hod incorporates walls of local stone, collected solely from the site's excavation material, for its lower floor and wall pedestals. The upper floor walls are cast of hemp and hydraulic lime on a wooden framing. Interior partitioning is of massive rammed earth. Lime plaster is applied externally while the interior plaster is earth based. The ceilings are supported by Wood beams. The use of cement is avoided except for the mandatory safety room and foundations.
The house is terraced on the southward hillslope of the village. Enveloping a south facing court, it is designed to capture the summer sea breeze and the winter soft sunbeams and thus to allow a moderate climate throughout the year.