Tel Aviv, Israel
The LEED Gold-certified Azrieli Town Tower for the Azrieli Group by Moshe Zur Architects & Town Planners is an iconic, mixed-use, multi-tenant tower in the heart of Tel Aviv’s northern commercial business district harnessing a range of energy-saving technologies that reduce over 2,900 tons of carbon per year.
The Azrieli Town Tower is one component of the greater Azrieli Town project and the epitome of a mixed-use urban project with bustling retail, residential towers, offices, and public areas.
For its iconic and innovative design, The Azrieli Town Tower has recently been awarded a 2022 International Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
The Azrieli Town Tower is located on the eastern side of the site, facing the Ayalon highway in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, giving visibility and importance to the non-stop traffic in the area.
Its western façade faces the park, which is the focal point of the urban plan, creating an inner courtyard and meeting place for all the various uses to meet and gather.
The building’s proportions and dynamic facade create an elegance that is ever-changing in appearance during the day and have turned it into an iconic tower in the Tel Aviv skyline.
The Tower’s geometric proportions respond to the rectangular park to the west and to the diagonal highway to the east.
The lower three floors are larger in size in order to create a well-defined interior urban space that creates protection from the reverberations of the highway and also has retail at ground level.
The envelope is a curtain wall system suitable for the hot climate of Israel, and its most dominant feature is an array of vertical fins.
The fins were designed with various depths that are carefully articulated on the façade to create a dynamic, elegant appearance that reflects light and shadows differently throughout the day.
This changeability creates an exciting appearance that gives new energy to its prime location in the heart of Tel Aviv.
The project has reached a LEED GOLD certificate, while 97% of usable areas enjoy external views, and air ventilation is 30% higher than ASHARE baseline.
The envelope with the vertical fins and Low E glass improves the building’s thermal performance, reduces glare for the surrounding building, and helps to save energy as they shade the facade.
The project saves 16% in energy according to the ASHRAE and reduces over 2,900 tons of carbon per year.
The project uses friendly cooling devices and has maximum control and energy monitoring and saves up to 50% of drinking water and 54% of water for irrigation, using recycled water.
The building site during construction was conducted according to LEED standards, including recycling and dealing with polluted soil.
The tower’s core includes three lift zones that follow the marketing and client guidelines for maximum separation between its main three tenants.
Additionally, the lower floors’ roof has an open terrace with vegetation and an observatory deck facing west.
The tower is divided into three main tenants and each has its own lobby on the ground floor, separated from the others.
The low zone tenant enjoys a big private roof terrace that faces east and west, while the High Zone tenant has a private observatory space on the technical roof, separated from the machinery and facing west.
The ground floor contains, apart from the lobbies, retail spaces that face the park and that ensure that the whole urban space will be active and vibrant all day long.
Building systems work together to support human productivity, experience, and well-being.
The curtain wall façade ensures excellent well-being on the floors, including ample daylight and views.
Each main tenant installed a Venetian shading blind on its floors.
The building’s color scheme was dictated by the architect and owner to ensure a homogenous elegant appearance for the façade.
The HVAC systems located on each floor receive fresh air directly from the façade.
The project enjoys excellent access by pedestrians, cars, and trains, and a special bicycle parking with showers is located in the basement.
Its main tenants are big international firms (SAMSUNG, WEWORK, PWC ) and a leading Israeli law firm (FBC), which all occupy the tower completely.
Finally, it has an important part in defining the heart of the CBD, adding retail activity at ground level with a public park for pedestrians from all over the area.
Although the project had a tight budget, the design successfully managed to create a dynamic, respectable, and fresh appearance.
Its design, location, and execution have made it one of the most successful office towers in Tel Aviv.
Project: Azrieli Town Tower
Architects: Moshe Zur Architects & Town Planners Ltd.
General Contractor: BST Group Ltd.
Client: Azrieli Group
Photographers: Azrieli Alumeshet Moshe Zur Architects