Don't feel bad if you can't point to the city of Netanya on a map of Israel, since many locals have the same trouble. But just because Netanya lacks Tel Aviv's saucy vibe and Bauhaus architecture doesn't mean it ought to be abandoned - which is why Yaniv Pardo has given the municipal center a redesign that will put this Mediterranean city right back on the map. The new twisted mixed-use tower will be lean on materials, flooded with natural light, and it will generate much of its energy from geothermal resources. At the same time, it is designed to provide an inviting, inspiring space for residents to rediscover their home city.
The new Netanya City Hall is modeled after a weather vane and designed to be dynamic, efficient, vibrant. In addition to functioning as a municipal building, it will serve as a gathering space for city residents and as a link to other urban facilities such as shopping, cultural, commercial, leisure and social centers. A new parking lot will accommodate residents during festive gatherings, but unfortunately does little to encourage public transportation.
The frame of the building is extremely light – so much better than dense concrete alternatives – and flooded with daylighting thanks to its numerous apertures. It is also covered in plants. Even though construction has yet to break ground, it is already clear how even a small amount of green space can completely transform a previously dull area. It also serves an ecological function as a carbon sponge. We quite enjoy this design and look forward to seeing how the story evolves.
Via Arch Daily