Ramat Yishai

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2012 > public competition > "Yad Lebanim" house and memorial


This project felt as if the wonderful site speaks for itself, so therefore the providing structure results our aspiration of minimizing its presence in the beautiful field. Major part of our striving was to keep the spirit, the sense of place by reason we chose to see it as an active roof - garden open to the general public at any time that folds within his modest and minor spaces designated for community activities.
The plot has a meaningful Location, as an encounter between two types of suburban urban fabric - the old town, the main entrance, and the Regional Industrial Trade compound. All those might become as an Archimedean point despite minor treatment that we offer to make it, and will affect the performance of a much larger area than the specific site.
The main public space of the project located between the levels of two streets, enclosing through scenic steps that allows movement, but also a comfortable and informal recreation, and in time of ceremonies and grandstand gene becomes low and plain, fronting the square stage.
In our point of view, the justification for the existence of "Yad Lebanim" is based on the concealed and unlisted axis between the continuity of everyday life and the finality of death. The building tries to link these two extremes by using an enveloped massive curved wall which excavated to \ coming from the ground, and allows light and air flowing in and out of the excavated activity spaces. Inner side of the wall engraved with the names of the fallen, and the narrow passage from the old cypress tree located at the edge of the lower square towards the upper garden, makes an exciting and intimate meeting point, as a part of public spaces and lanes.
Structure of an existing underground shelter is exposed and becomes an active pavilion, facing both to the courtyard of the community center and the public square. Likewise, library is open and allows complete visualization to and from the main public Square, making it independently accessible to passersby regardless of the activity of "Yad Lebanim".

Design team: Sharon, Oren, Reut Litman - Zilka, Einat Lubliner 

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