The first in a series of new skyscrapers for Tel Aviv edged closer to reality this week. The 100-story Bein Arim Tower will become Israel’s tallest building and will be situated close to the Savidor Central Railway Station in the east of the city.
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The tower will reach a height of about 400 meters (about 1,310 feet), about 150 meters taller than the current record holder – the Moshe Aviv Tower in nearby Ramat Gan.
The two lowest floors will be used for a lobby and shopping space. Above that will be five floors for various public uses, then 71 floors of office space. The top 15 floors will be a hotel. The tower is being designed by AMAV: A. Niv – A. Schwartz Architects.
Other towers planned for the greater Tel Aviv area include a new Azrieli tower, to be built on the site of the former Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper building (near the current Azrieli towers, on the eastern border by the Ayalon Highway). This 40-dunam (10-acre) project will have commercial, business and residential space, and public spaces. A new plan is currently being advanced to increase the height of the tower to more than 80 stories.
The Beit Ma’ariv Tower, being designed by architect Moshe Zur, will be built on the site of another former newspaper – the Ma’ariv building. This will be a residential tower with office and commercial space, and a total area of 50,000 square meters (about 540,000 square feet). Since the lot is small, the tower will only be able to reach 55 stories.
The project for the area will also include a light-rail station and the Keren Hakirya Tower, which was designed by the firm of architect Uri Shitrit (the former Jerusalem city engineer who was convicted for his part in the Holyland project). Currently, the tower is approved for 80 stories, but this may be increased depending on which developer wins the tender.
This will be one of four towers planned for the compound – two residential and two commercial.
Zur, who designed the 61-story Azrieli Sarona Tower that is nearing completion, revealed that more towers are in the works: a 55-story tower at the Sumail compound site on Ibn Gabirol Street, and another 60-story residential tower as part of the Azrieli TOWN project in central Tel Aviv.
“I’m glad the city engineer and I think the same way,” said Zur. “Increasing the density in this city is the greenest thing to do, and it’s very good that this is the direction we’re going in. We’re also dreaming about more [100-story] towers in some other places in the city.”
Tel Aviv city engineer Oded Gvuli says more towers of this height could be built along the Ayalon Highway. “In places where it’s possible to build high, the use of the space should be maximized,” he said. “Right now, we’re trying to persuade the Israel Airports Authority (which opposes the construction of such tall buildings) that these towers could also serve as a beacon for the pilots, and that they won’t harm them.”