Nazareth housing project lets breezes dictate design

A new housing complex in the Galilee district north of Nazareth, which has taken a unique design and construction approach, is being developed and built by the Judeo-Arab construction company Koret Gag and Villa Ltd. on a plot of 1.5 acres, 117 of the apartments are being marketed in four buildings, including 44 apartments under the government Mechir Lemishtaken Buyers Price program for young couples.

The project, called City Breeze, is designed by the British firm Llabres Tabony Architects. Aiman ​​Tabony, who founded the company in London with Enriqueta Llabres, was born in Nazareth. His father Mahmoud Tabony, who was the first Arab in Israel to obtain a doctorate in civil engineering from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, established an architectural and engineering company in 1964. After his death to a youngster age in 2005, Aiman ​​and his brother Ashraf, an engineer, took over the family business and Aiman ​​Tabony also founded Llabres Tabony after obtaining his doctorate from the School of Architecture of the Architectural Association in UK.

Aiman ​​Tabony said of the City Breeze project: “When you understand the environment, you cannot choose generic solutions. When the building is being formed, it is not just a question of architectural concept. “

Tabony is based in London part of the time and also teaches in the architecture department of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Speaking of Llabres Tabony, he said: “This is an experimental company specializing in research-based designs. The company has one foot in academia and the other in practice, so that one area enriches the second.

“Originally, they wanted four identical buildings duplicated because they said it saves money. For the architect, this method also saves money because their costs are lower. But in our proposition, each of the buildings is different from each other and even the apartments are not the same. The developer did not understand. But these are processes we believe in. “

Tabony develops the design process. “The design is carried out through a computer simulation process in which we tried to understand the directions of the breezes coming from the west. Based on this, we practically decided on the location and positioning of the buildings. in this way, each building receives a form. There is no balcony that is above another. To be precise, environmental processes influenced the design and this has led us to regard architecture as something else. thing that is assimilated to its environment.

“We don’t start with an image, but rather with a simulation that creates the design. In Israel, buildings are usually constructed with an H shape. It looks good, but ultimately every building is the same.

“For me, it doesn’t make sense that an apartment on the fifth floor looks exactly like a garden level apartment. A building between two others may not look exactly like a building facing the street. We are offering an antithesis to things that are being promoted today. “

Tabony rejects the claim that buildings of this type cost more than regular buildings. “I believe and have even proven that these buildings aren’t more expensive. This perspective that if floors look the same it’s cheaper to build is stereotypical. Overall, they just push the frame forward. up and meanwhile the building contractor is not complaining. A tower has the same security parts and the same windows and how does it differ if the balcony is to the left or to the right ? “

Tabony said the developer is selling the apartments at market prices but “because the project has become unique it is in demand”.

When asked if these buildings meet the needs of the local Arab population, Tabony dismisses this question. “You have to forget that there are different communities. The needs of most people today in the world are the same. There are of course cultural aspects of more traditional societies. Do you know how many? Arab students live in Tel Aviv? Arabs wear jeans, watch movies and read books. “

The costs

An 85 square meter apartment in the purchase price project costs 600,000 NIS. List prices are NIS 1.7 million for a 145-square-meter ground floor apartment, NIS 2-2.5 million for a penthouse, and NIS 1.35 million for a 120-square-foot apartment. square meters.

Posted by Globes, Israel business news – – December 5, 2021.

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