The program for this competition was based on a master plan prepared by the city that called for the design of a 25 hectare inner-city park that would integrate approved building plans while preserving the existing vegetation of stands of oak and pine groves, as well as recalling the history of citrus groves with wells and farm houses that existed until the middle of the 20th century. The site also includes a botanical and nature garden, a school, sport facilities, an archaeological site, and miscellaneous building complexes that had to be preserved. Two roads transect the park today that divide the site into four separate parts.
Our design goal was to create a park that will be both a neighborhood park and, because of its cultural heritage and existing natural beauty, a destination for visitors from all over Tel Aviv. Closing one of the roads to vehicular traffic and providing overpasses over the second road made it possible to unify and connect all parts of the park for pedestrians, bicyclists and the local wildlife. We inserted activity areas into the existing matrix of natural and built-up areas with emphasis on four different themes: education and ecology, cultural heritage, sport, and recreation, depending on the vicinity and interaction with existing facilities and the park’s surroundings.
Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo
2009, First Prize, due for construction in 2011
Barbara Aronson, Zivya Frieder-Fullman, Maya Gil, Iris Rachmilevitch