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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

The Porter School of Environmental Studies in Tel Aviv, Israel by AXELROD GROBMAN ARCHITECTS

 
July 9th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source:  AXELROD GROBMAN ARCHITECTS

The PSES building was designed as a “green building” with a synergetic perspective integrating the three elements of sustainability – environment, society and economy – into architecture. As an environmental, ecological structure, the building design utilized environmental parameters (such as solar radiation, wind, acoustics and more) in determining the form that the building would take and its position on the site. Unlike the traditional approach that examine the building’s performance “after the fact”, the design method employed in the initial stages of the design used performance simulation results to generate the actual form of the building.

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  • Architects: AXELROD GROBMAN ARCHITECTS
  • Project: The Porter School of Environmental Studies
  • Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Principal in charge: YashaGrobman
  • Design team: YashaGrobman, Irit Axelrod, MushitFidelman, Orit ZabariElmalih, Neta Karp
  • Management: The Baran Group LTD
  • Structural Engineer: Avivi Axelrod LTD
  • Landscape: Braudo-Maoz Ltd (project) , Vista (competition)
  • Air condition: AssaAharoni Consulting Engineers
  • Electricity: Semo
  • Utilities: Nash Engineers

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  • Safety: Hazmat
  • Elevators: AubermanNiv
  • Foundations: Blank Lerer
  • Ground Survey: Ludan Engineering
  • Acoustics: Vix (project) M.G. Acoustic (competition)
  • Costs: KobiGamzo
  • Accessibility: Israel Accessibility
  • Transportation: Peter Leibovitch
  • Aluminum: Talisman Engineering
  • Proofing: HorvitsBuch
  • Lighting: Research &EcoDesign
  • Kitchens: Omer – kitchen and Restaurant Design LTD

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The building will make use of passive and active technologies for production of energy, energy conservation and recycling of waste and water. The building in its entirety is intended as a research laboratory for green architecture, unique in Israel and the region, which will advance academic research in the area as well as remaining accessible to the public. As such, the design places an emphasis on the visibility and educational aspects of the environmental systems and ideas enshrined within the building.

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The dynamic form of the building is created by the tension between two formative elements, each with their own unique character – the “eco-wall”, planned as an ethereal lattice, alongside the central mass of key building functions designed as an opaque body “floating” above ground level. Between these two structures an atrium is created, providing a space for movement, meetings and public activity. This and other meeting spaces in the building were designed with the understanding that public spaces in an academic building contribute to interaction and the development of ideas in a non-formal setting.

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