Business Administration Faculty Building, Tel Aviv University
Location: Tel Aviv
Usage: Auditorium, offices, classes, public spaces
About the Project
Our proposal endeavored to create a close affinity with the massing and materials used and in the existing buildings on campus.
Along with the Recanati Building, the Lori Lockey Management Building complements the Faculty of Management of Tel Aviv University and provides the Institution a common academic campus for one of the University’s most prestigious programs. Its location in the of the campus, between the Recanati building and the Music School, sits atop the intersection of the central pedestrian axis connecting the main quad with Frankel Gate and the Joseph Kris gate. As a central landmark on the campus, the design is innovative, meticulous and progressive, while maintaining an affinity to the surrounding campus.
To enhance this connection, a common entrance yard was created serving the business school, the Recanati Building and the music faculty. The buildings columns form a colonnade, framing views of the music school while seating between them between invites one to sit and enjoy the space.
The interior of the building is conducive to the student learning experience and through the creation of private learning spaces on each level, students & teachers can conduct meetings for both independent and group work. The intertwining of various sized spaces around a common area creates the potential for collaboration and gives the opportunity for formal and informal encounters, which is paramount for an innovative academic business course.
The distinct, dynamic shape of the exterior lower structure of the building hints to the uniqueness found in the interior: a wide, open staircase that begins at the entrance level and leads up to the building’s first three levels. The staircase symbolizes the academic backbone of the study spaces; lined with classrooms and study areas. This design allows for plenty of mutual space which serves as a meeting place, along with the entrance spaces and the cafeteria. The positioning of the group rooms, which serve as experiential study spaces for small groups, and their dispersion around the central space of the faculty, constitutes an exceptional and impressive visual element, both on the western facade from the public space of the building. The transparency through the front of the building, both inside and outside, is part of the architectural experience of the building, which provides a dynamic and changing visual display of the activities carried out at the Faculty of Management.