Gardens & Parks
Sarona Urban Park, Tel-Aviv
"Sarona" Park is an urban complex of recreation and entertainment that stretches over 45 dunam in the heart of Tel Aviv. The Park was designed with the historic buildings of the German protestant settlers that established it in 1871. The new design revives the old spirit of the settlement as an urban complex of recreation and entertainment, without abandoning the settlements landscape and agriculture indicators.
The park pathways recreate the privet farm plots around each house, where garden and useful plants were grown. The main streets in the renewed settlement are paved for pedestrian use and are defined by low fences separating the home plots from the street, much like the old street section.
The planning process included a thorough survey for the hundreds of existing trees and a conservation survey for each of the 36 remaining historic buildings, which some of them had to be moved backwards from the expanding Kaplan street route, in a remarkable engineering effort.
The park is divided into four quarters and one more part comprising the historic winery and distillery. Each part was analyzed to characterize its appropriate modern uses. The main gathering area is placed where the school and the old settlements hall used to be, an ecological pond replaces the old water retaining pool, a dancing and skating arena is placed where the settlements tennis courts used to be, a plants nursery is planned where the old nursery used to stand and the olive press will be diverted into a museum on that matter.
Client: The Israel land administration
Team: Ora Hacham Rafael