Campus & Public
The "Heart" Building, Ichilov Hospital
The cardiology ward building is a unique project for its Integral connection to the surrounding urban fabric. Particular emphasis was placed on creating an entrance that would be appealing to both hospital attendees and passersby in front of the monolithic structure. The flooring of the entrance plaza is Ipe wooden deck with randomly arranged long light bars reminiscent of the irregular print of the building glass cover that echo back at the interior lighting of the cafe.
The entrance plaza situated between the west façade of the building dipping in a long, narrow Eco pond on one side and the public sidewalk with a row of old Ficus trees on the other. A small cafe that sits on the plaza creates a place for urban encounters as well as a rest and pause space for visitors of the cardiology ward.
The hospital's vision included creation of an urban continuum along the seam between the compound and Weizmann Avenue which required creative planning solutions to overcome the high security demands. For example the eco pond designed along the front, is used not only for decoration, but also as an element of hedging and separation and the entry into the structure occurs in a diffuse way through the cafe which blurs the strict enclosure of the hospital.
Architects: Sharon Arad Architects,
Rani Ziss Architects
Client: Sharon Arad Architects, Rani Ziss Architects
Team: Maria Iofan Samuel