Emerging architectural firm led by Zvika Tamari explores the connection between buildings and their surrounding natural environment
A crucial resource in the work of Studio TEAM Architects, led by architect Zvika Tamari, is the profound relationship between a new intervention and its host - the natural habitat in which it is situated.
For the studio, any such intervention should generate an inspiration and sensitivity, thus creating an additional contribution and added value to the public realm. The hospitality, culture and dwelling projects represented hereby should all embrace this vision when 'forcing' themselves upon their surroundings.
The Heiku Resort & Spa under Mt Gilboa, Israel, derives its inspiration from traditional Japanese hospitality values such as simplicity, restraint, accuracy, and usage of the natural environment as an integral part of the experience. The project setting - where Mt Gilboa and the Issachar valley meet - created an opportunity to assimilate its 70 units as 'scattered rocks', lying and jutting out along the slope, allowing for both existing trees and western breezes to seep in between the various corners. The dramatic hillside has a waterfall that bridges the gap between the landscaping and the main courtyard, surrounded by the reception and the Spa facility. The layout calls for visitors to take a walk through the landscaping while maintaining secluded conditions for the guests.
The Globe Museum (Hub) in Modiin is a generator that creates a deep connection with its local population. It is situated in the city core as part of a 'green chain'; a series of urban open spaces consisting of main boulevards and a recreation park, thus presenting the ability to accumulate masses of people without forcing them to enter a building.
The site is divided into two main masses: The Culture mass is designed as a pre-historic creature, a half-buried skeleton that has been 'revealed'. Its first part (the 'tail') serves as the entrance and reception, information area and shop, management and offices, WC and cloakroom. The main part (the 'head') houses the permanent and temporary exhibitions. The 'skeleton' in between describes the enriched origins and history of the actual site. By digging into the ground, the main part creates a 'crater' that serves as an open space for free public events and projections, while also allowing for an observation point on top.
The Education mass is a linear structure of open courts in various over- and underground levels, as if it were an excavation site. Its lower part contains a parking lot for both visitors and local citizens. The other levels are designated for workshops, labs, a library, studios, a cafeteria and a Sci-Bar.
The 'Row-to-Grow' Housing development, 20 minutes from Jerusalem, allows its 150 owners to expand their homes between 14,000 - 28,000 sq f out of their own choice, under a permanent 'green topping' framework following the plot's borderlines, as part of a 40% sloping hillside. The roofing system pointed to the south collects solar energy, pours water for irrigation, and features a vegetation area, acting as a fifth elevation. The units are situated upon the slope like a flock of birds.