Azrieli Group unveils plans for tallest tower in Israel

WCN Editorial Team 20 Dec 2018 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

Israeli real estate and holding company Azrieli Group has unveiled plans for ‘The Spiral Tower’, a 91-storey building, which will be the tallest structure in Israel.

The tower will be constructed on the property where the mythological Beit Yediot Ahronot stood for decades. It will be part of the Azrieli Center Complex, which includes three towers – a circle, a square and a triangle.

Excavation and deep foundation work for the tower has already begun and construction is expected to be completed within six to seven years at an estimated investment of NIS2.5bn ($665m).

Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), which has planned five of the world’s 10 tallest skyscrapers, has been appointed for the tower’s planning.

The mixed-use Spiral Tower will cover an area of around 150,000m², which will include commercial space, along with offices, residences, and a hotel.

Six underground parking levels, covering 45,000m², will be built at the base of the structure, in addition to a commercial floor connected to the light rail.

The Azrieli Tel Aviv Mall will receive an addition of 13,000m², bringing the total area to 50,000m².

The tower has been planned and developed in a geometric shape, never before seen in Israel. The initiators and architects ensured creation of harmony between the three towers that form Azrieli Center and the new tower.

The tower’s design draws inspiration from the twists of a snail’s shell and from ancient biblical scrolls and the way they unfurl upwards.

The central motif in the tower’s design will resemble a scarf winding around the existing base and three towers, and continuing like a scroll ascending around the new tower.

The tower’s peak will include space for conferences and meetings, recreational space, and a 360-degree view of Tel Aviv and the surrounding area.

The expanded Azrieli complex will also create the only traffic artery that will connect all means of transportation around it – the bus lines that stop at the entrance, the direct passage between the Hashalom Train Station and the Shaul Hamelech light rail station, which will be incorporated in the new build.

The company expects approximately100,000 people to pass through the centre every day once the project is completed.

Azrieli Group chairperson Danna Azrieli said: “The architecture of the Spiral Tower is a reflection of the boldness and creativity that embody the Azrieli Group, which redefines Tel Aviv’s skyline with each new project.

“The exceptional financial investment in the project constitutes yet another testament to our great confidence in the Israeli economy and its growth, and a continuation of the strategy that has lead us in building the country for over three decades.”

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Image: Azrieli – The Spiral Tower in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo: Courtesy of Azrieli Group / PRNewsfoto.

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