Business Administration Faculty Building, Tel Aviv University
Location: Tel Aviv
Usage: Auditorium, offices, classes, public spaces
About the Project
In our proposal we tried to create a close affiliation with mass and materials of the existing construction
Along with the Recanati Building, the Lori Lockey Management Building completes the Faculty of Management of Tel Aviv University and provides the Institution a common academic campus for one of the University’s most prestigious courses. Its location in the southwestern corner of the heart of the campus, between the Recanati building and the Music School, embraces the main pedestrian axis: the axis rising from the Frankel Gate and the axis coming from the gate of Joseph Kris. As a central landmark on the campus, it must be innovative in its design, meticulous and suitable for its time while maintaining an affinity to the campus.
In our proposal we tried to create a close affiliation with mass and materials of the existing construction, while connecting to the Recanati Building, and creating a joint entrance yard for the Faculty. A colonnade of columns, with seating steps at its base, frames a view towards the Music School and thus strengthens the connection between the two buildings.
The building supports the student experience and the creation of learning spaces at various levels of privacy: from large groups in a formal classroom, through study in small groups, to intimate meetings for independent work and group meetings. The intertwining of spaces of different sizes around a shared space creates the greatest potential for mutual fertilization and for formal and informal encounters, which are the cornerstones of an academic Management course.
The unique, dynamic shape of the lower part of the building hints to its interior and uniqueness: a wide, open staircase that begins at the entrance level and leads to the building’s first three levels. The staircase is the academic backbone of the study spaces. Along its length the classrooms and halls are positioned on the one side, and on the other side are the group rooms and study areas. Along with the entrance spaces and the cafeteria, the space will serve not only for traffic but also as a meeting place for students, guests and lecturers. The hanging 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 façade and in 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 serves as a dynamic and changing visual display of the activities carried out at the Faculty of Management.