Showing posts with label Architecture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Architecture. Show all posts

Friday, September 18, 2015

Will Azrieli Center Fade as New Sky Scrapers Grow?



For the last fifteen years of being an unofficial symbol of Tel Aviv's success, Azriel Towers are slowly fading into a fast growing sky scraper skyline. For years, the three towers symbolized everything modern and business in the city. Until the construction of these buildings, Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan, had a small collection of high rise buildings. Not impressive in international standards. But, things have changed dramatically the last decade and a half. Tel Aviv's skyline is rising gradually in a few central areas. Mostly in the north and east of the center, high rise buildings, between 30 and 40 stories are quickly changing the way Tel Aviv looks and feels. Will this mean a different image for the white city? Probably. Before Azrieli the city used a mixed of beach and old Bauhaus buildings as it's image. That quaint image was a reality of the 1920s to 1950s. Today, Israelis are just as likely to live and work on the 25th floor as on the 4th floor walk-up. Let's see what tomorrow brings. 

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Luxury High Up: High Rise Towers (in and around Tel Aviv)

Tel Aviv skyline is still pocked with tall construction cranes, even after two decades. Yet developers seem to find a few open lots to build large buildings. The latest large construction area, just north of the main train station (Sovidor / Central station), is at it's final phase of construction. An extension to one of Tel Aviv's old upscale neighborhood (Bavli.) Also, in other areas of Tel Aviv and surrounding towns (Givatay'im, Ramat Gan, Petach Tikva) high rise luxury apartments are being built at a steady pace. These buildings are typically 20 stories or more high (up to 39 stories.) In these new towers 2 to 3 bedroom apartments, on average, sell between 2 to 3 million shekel ($550 to $830 thousand.) Design is similar: finished in glass and white stone exterior. Interior is modern in an open floor plan unique to Israeli design.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pictures from April in Tel Aviv


Family before a casual Seder - Passover (Pesach) is the traditional family meal and reading of the hagada (Israelite liberation from slavery in Egypt story / Exodus)




Strawberries in the Carmel shook. When they are in season it's the most delicious snack you can imagine. Season lasts 2 to 4 weeks. A basket of 400 to 600 grams (about a pound) is 10 to 20 shekels (2 to 5 dollars).




Old and new buildings in Tel Aviv. The city moved old Templar buildings to make room for the expansion of Kaplan street. Notice the new and old buildings in harmony or opposition?

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