upcoming events | dec 04 2012
The New Sheinkin Street Opening
The new Sheinkin Street, designed by our practice, was launched last Friday.
Sheinkin Street, "Israel's Greenwich village" was redesigned throughout the last year. The street space was reorganized and its design was updated to contemporary standards. The design was striving to preserve its character for decades as a vivid avant-garde center which manages to combine urban-cultural experiences with being the home for old institutions such as: Café Tamar, Café Sheinkin, The third ear music shop, etc.
In spite of its central urban position as a meeting point for young people and a center for shopping and fashion, its last refurbishment was only in the 80's and as the days went by, the street has been neglected and a "face lift" was needed.
The re-design included cleaning the street space from unused elements as well as giving it standard details, while preserving its unique Sheinkin character as expressed in the "fun strip" where alternative sitting elements were integrated.
A main part in the re-design was the realization of the underground utilities, planting street trees, the decrease of the amount of parking spaces, and paving the road in order to give the street a feeling of a pedestrian zone.
In order to integrate with urban cycling routs, a one way cycling route was design. On the opposite side the vehicle traffic remains, though decreased to a lower level.
As seen in the photographs from the opening ceremony, he redesign enables closing the street for pedestrians only on the weekends to allow the public to enjoy the special atmosphere of the "coolest" street in the country.