Area: 24,000 sqm
Lot: 16,916 sqm
Client: Sports Palaces Inc. (city-owned company)
Type: Public Building, Intervention in an existing building, Including new zoning plan.
Built in two stages – in the early sixties as a single stand stadium and in the late sixties as a double stand covered arena, the Josef Burstein Arena – known commonly as “Yad Eliahu” (the neighborhood within which it lied) was the biggest arena in Isreal, recognized with its successful home team “Maccabi Tel-Aviv”. The building was a fine example of brutalism architecture, built entirely of concrete, but was also completely opaque, detached and with no relationship to its surroundings. The public spaces in the building were insufficient, and the building could not allow maximization of profits during the games.
The new design of the building reclaimed different areas of the building as public spaces, clearing most services spaces into basements below the arena and its surrounding court, and adding additional space through a new curtail wall enclosure. The public circulation of the building became a spectacle – activating the surrounding court, as circulation was transferred from within the arena to a surrounding mezzanine, exposed to the large court within which the building lies.
Architecture: Lerman Architects & Town Planners – Asaf Lerman, Tammy Yaniv, Lev Konikov, Shlomit Yaish
Architecture of the old arena: Tel-Aviv Engineering Department + Milstein Zinger Engineers
Project Manager: Nizan Inbar – Uri Inbar, Ami Hayut, Avishi Nachtstern, Oren Shperling
Structure: Ben Abraham – Rami Balas, Ezer Ben Basat
Mechanical: A.Aharoni Engineers – Rafi Aharoni
Electrical: Einav Chubotero
Sanitary: Papish Engineers
Landscape Architect: Gideon Sarig
Kitchen Designer: Baz Associates – Suzy Baz
Accessibility Consultant: Mikkiro – Michael Roitman
Elevators: Stephan Holtz
Waterproofing: Michael Maraton
Superposition: Mickey Bodowski
Fire Safety Consultant: Idan Safety – Shmuel Nathaniel
Signage: Archigraphia + Reuven Rom
Graphics: KN studio