penda's high-rise celebrates tel aviv's bauhaus era with cascading terraces and arches

penda's high-rise celebrates tel aviv's bauhaus era with cascading terraces and arches

penda combines tel aviv‘s bauhaus era with the haptic materiality of its old town for ‘tel aviv arcades’, a new residential high-rise of 18 floors. defined by arches and cascading terraces, the facade of the building allows it to be open to its surroundings, but not exposed to its climate. 116 meters in height, the tower features 17,650 sq-meters of residential areas with a range of residential layouts from 1-bedroom to 4- bedroom apartments as well as penthouses. ‘ribbons’ of terraces encircle the apartments acting as a continuing extension of the interior spaces and shielding off direct sunlight.

all images by penda austria © penda



‘we like to think about those large outdoor zones as private yards in the sky with zones where residents can interact with their neighbors,’ says penda’s founding partner chris precht, ‘in a way the terraces are a vertical neighborhood and they reflect the positive atmosphere of the life in the city.’ tel aviv is a city known for the largest display of bauhaus buildings, defined by openness and rational geometry, which the tower pays tribute to with its clear design language of arches and lines. jaffa, the city’s old town, with its stone-paved alleys and thick walls of its ancient buildings, is referenced in the high-rise through its facade of hand-laid brickwork. ‘even if we design modern buildings, we believe they should reflect a sense of place and respect its environment, its history and its culture,’ precht notes.

each room of the apartments has direct access to the outdoor area by arched elements

the undulating setbacks of the floors creates two different typologies of terraces

roofed terraces provide protection from the sun and open terraces offer an ideal area for growing a garden

the building is mainly defined by one element: the arch

the tower is designed in a modular system where large parts of the structural elements can be prefabricated to lower costs of construction and maintenancethe inbound terraces give a large private space to the residents, where the outbound areas invite residents to cross-floor communication

‘tel aviv arcades’ pays tribute to the bauhaus era and creates a formal connection to its bauhausian neighbourhood

the rhythmic layout of an arched structure and cascading terraces reflects the vividness of tel aviv

a cave-like pool and spa area will occupy the base of the building

community areas like a yoga-studio, a restaurant and shelter spaces are shared on the first 2 floors and cores

the building complements jaffa’s profound masonry with hand-laid brickwork as a facade of the building

the building will house a range of residential layouts

 it will include from 1-bedroom to 4- bedroom apartments

penthouses with double-height spaces will be located on the tower’s top floors



project info:


by: penda austria
name: tel aviv arcades
type: residential
location: tel aviv, israel
year: 2017 – ongoing
size: 21,000 sqm / 226,042 sqf
team: chris precht, fei tang precht, dayong sun, zizhi yu
credits: penda architecture & design
social media: instagram, facebook
renderings: penda austria

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