mayslits kassif architects: tel aviv port public space   wins rosa barba european landscape prize 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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  • cool, but why not to put some plants? i don’t get it, it looks so sterile

    ivan says:
  • great – well done! more please!

    max says:
  • it’s some kind of fake nature. under the deck you have a huge concrete slab sealing off all the sand / dunes.

    maybe that’s what we are heading for: artificial landscapes all over 🙂

    eran says:
  • woodless and rock? Arid.

    oda gualtieri says:
  • i don’t get it… Yokohama airpot design would be better for this… landscape?

    A says:
  • i like it, but just one thing… o.k. the ‘stones’ are fake, but couldn’t they have made them deeper so the decking had to be cut around them. just sayin’.

    nicey says:
  • i know it and love it. on the photo by galia kronfeld the message is clear 🙂

    Noa says:
  • Theres hardly any shelter… I’d die from the sun there; maybe its only meant for walking during night-sunset-ish times (as shown in the photos)…

    Seems super clean but super sterile at the same time.

    WL. says:
  • nice….but sad to know how many exotic trees have been felled….they call it trees from a plantation…..but when the plantation is empty and all the animals are gone….they just buy a new area. that’s sad…..

    kristian Kjær Moe says:
  • Too gorgeous for words! What imagination! the sea comes out and invites. What beauty. Congratulations to the artists and designers. Kol ha-kavod

    Dana, 23/10/2010 says:
  • great design but there should be occasional shelters against sudden turn of the weather.

    Margaret 10.25.10 says:
  • from a native tel avivit -needs to be experienced to be appreciated…it’s lovely, not arid but calm and really integrated with the landscape. trees on the sea front in Israel? hehe, what ignorance…this is the middle east not the caribbean or the cote d’azur. yafe, yafe (-:

    orit says:
  • Where’d they get all the lumber? Is there a booming logging industry in Israel that I haven’t heard about? Seems like a waste.

    CMR says:
  • Yeah, actually there is. Planting trees is a very important part of Israeli culture, they have large forests and a lot of protected land.

    geecee says:
  • beautiful, stunning, serene…….

    Fred Capio Montreal says:

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