Israeli design firm Golany Architects recently unveiled plans for the new Centre for Higher Education in Ashdod, the fifth-largest city in Israel. The design of the building is based on colonnades with columns that support the growth of vines, referencing the Mediterranean region’s long tradition of using vine-covered pergolas to escape the heat. The building is enveloped with green walls, which serve the dual function of beautifying the building and making it more heat resistant. The site is surrounded by dense city fabric, and the green wall serves to distinguish it from its immediate urban environment.
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