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mayslits kassif architects: tel aviv port public space   wins rosa barba european landscape prize
oct 22, 2010
mayslits kassif architects: tel aviv port public space wins rosa barba european landscape prize


tel aviv port public space regeneration project by mayslits kassif architects
photo by iwan baan

the regeneration project of the public spaces of the tel aviv port by mayslits kassif architects
was announced the winner of the rosa barba european landscape prize, during the 6th
biennial of landscape architecture in barcelona on the beginning of october. 

the rosa barba prize is the most renowned prize for landscape architecture in europe, which
is given as part of the european biennial of landscape architecture that takes place every two
years in barcelona. this year, 427 projects were submitted to the competition, out of which
9 have been announced as finalists.

the port’s public spaces regeneration project is considered one of the most influential public
spaces projects in tel aviv. being a new urban landmark which revives the city’s waterfront,
the project became a trigger for a series of public space projects along tel aviv’s shoreline
which altogether revolutionize the city’s connection to its waterfront.


photo by iwan baan

situated on one of israel’s most breathtaking waterfronts, the tel aviv port was plagued with
neglect since 1965, when its primary use as an operational docking port was abandoned.
the recently completed public space development project managed to restore this unique part
of the city, and turn it into a prominent, vivacious urban landmark.

the public space design was a winner of an open competition, initiated in 2003 by the new
port management as part of an ambitious new vision they set for the port’s regeneration, which
included public space renewal and the restoration of the port’s old hangars. the competition’s
winning submission (by mayslits kassif architects in collaboration with galila yavin) was vigorously
brought to life, and visitors were flocking to the revamped port even before the project was
completed.

the design introduces an extensive undulating, non-hierarchical surface, that acts both as a reflection
of the mythological dunes on which the port was built, and as an open invitation to free interpretations
and unstructured activities. various public, political and social initiatives – from spontaneous rallies
to artistic endeavors and public acts of solidarity – are now drawn to this unique urban platform,
indicating the project’s success in reinventing the port as a vibrant public sphere.


photo by iwan baan


photo by iwan baan


photo by adi branda


photo by adi branda


photo by daniela orvin


photo by daniela orvin


photo by daniela orvin


photo by daniela orvin


photo by albi serfaty


photo by daniela orvin


photo by galia kronfeld


photo by adi branda


photo by oren greenfeld and limor marx


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