Location: Aba Hillel St. Ramot, Jerusalem
client : A Gindi Company
completion date :
shops : 1987
Synagogue : 1995
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The neighborhood center includes shops, a synagogue and an open public square. Nestling in the heart of a residential area of white stone landscape, it is distinguished by its pink stone and red-tiled roofs.

The natural topographical lines of the sloped site determined the entrance level to the shops and to the synagogue as well as the landscaping levels.

The direction of the paths, the exact location of the shops and the synagogue on the site, stemmed from a design process that took place on the site itself, while taking a slow walk from the upper level of the site to the lower one. This process led to locating the public square at the lower level and marking the paths according to the sequence of landmarks overlooking outstanding scenery.
The main path leads to the synagogue, and then splits into two routes. One route leads directly to the square, and the other turns into an arcade, which leads to the shops at the different levels of the site.
The difference in height between the synagogue’s entrance terrace and the open square at the bottom of the site created a natural open amphitheater, where stone seats were planned.

The buildings are of the traditional “ Jerusalem stone”, the inherent properties of which actually dictated the nature of the construction details which created the common language of the neighborhood center.

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