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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.

Shneur House in GaneiYehoshuaPark, Tel Aviv by Yoav Messer Architects

February 11th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Yoav Messer Architects


The center was built primarily to serve the blessed activity of Etgarim organization. That is why it has to be functional and meet current needs while looking and foreseeing upcoming future needs.

Image Courtesy © Amit Geron

  • Architects: Yoav Messer Architects
  • Project: Shneur House
  • Location: GaneiYehoshuaPark
  • Photography: Amit Geron
  • Construction Dates: 10/2012-8/2013
  • Build-up Area: 185 sqm
  • Roofed Square: 250 sqm
  • Constructor: Rom Geves Ltd.
  • Consulting: Amot Ltd. | ItzikSadeh
  • Consulting: Baran Project management Ltd. | YoramMarkovich
  • Management and Supervision: S. Horvitz Engineering Ltd.| Koby Mizrahi
  • Foundation: Rokach Ashkenazi Engineers & Consultants Ltd.
  • Plumbing: Helman Consulting Engineers Ltd.
  • Air Conditioning: MeirLuski Engineers Ltd.
  • Electricity: Avidan Engineering Consultants Ltd.
  • Low Voltage: Nissimov Consultation & Engineering Design Ltd.
  • Lighting: RTLD Lighting Design Ltd. | Hila Meir
  • Landscape: Roy Cooper, Landscape Architect

Image Courtesy © Amit Geron

At the same time, it was built in honor of the late Shneur Cheshin, and is meant to express values of presence and excellence – due to its strategic location in the park and public space, the need of marketing the organization’s activity, and also great respect and appreciation for the man in which the canter is named after.

A great deal of attention was given to the design – inviting, accessible and flexible (inside and outside areas). Due to its location in the open public space, a project like that should be “sewn” with loose ends with thought of optimal function over the years.

Image Courtesy © Amit Geron

Concept: Openness, Functionality and Presence.

This project was planned specifically for using as an accessible and open space – both for Etgarim members with their special needs, and city residents.

On a symbolic level, freedom is expressed in positioning the three buildings freely in the developing, in the independent shading detail which is cut from the building, and in the flexible unrestricted plan. On the functional level, freedom is expressed in the context and movement set to the domain and in it.

The disabled, whose daily routine is filled with level differences, get a leveled space. Narrow passages and minimal doors are replaced by wide doorways, backed by a unique shutter system, which allow a direct and spacious access to the entire center.

Shneur House was designed as a space which is open for everyone rather than confined, and it constitutes an integral part of the area it’s located at. It is not a building bordering the park or surrounded by it – the park and the building are one. They’re integrated, feed and being fed of each other. The open area is the lobby, it’s the corridor and it’s also the “art” on the walls. All of the spaces are illuminated with natural light and get passageway airing. The dialogue between the built morphology, the tight sail and the open space impart a feel of a dynamic and accessible space.


The project was designed for the bicycling activities of Etgarim organization, and is named after Shneur Cheshin. It concludes of three buildings, on an approximately 200 sqm ground, and an outside roofed square that will be used as an activity area. The program, backed by an architectural plan, includes:

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  • South Building – a multipurpose space. Its eastern part will act as a club/classroom/lecture space, and its western part will have a cafeteria/waiting area for parents and escorts. The separation of the different areas will be made by a portable acoustic partition, so that the space can be opened for events in a larger forum.
  • East Building – a bicycle storeroom.
  • West Building – lavatories/locker rooms, a technical space, an office and a residential secure space.
  • Main Square – a gathering, events and outside lectures area.
  • A reflecting pool – carries a symbolic meaning for the Cheshin family and is used as a meeting and playing area for visitors.

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