Monday, November 17

Building Height 2

The initial distortion of Tel Aviv occurred at the historic origin of her plan.  The city was created as a collection of 500 square meter residential lots intended for single family homes.  The single exception to this planning was the grand 12,000 meter lot at the north end of the central street, Herzl.  This lot was reserved for the beloved high school of Tel Aviv's founders, The Herzliya Gymnasium.  
Fifty years later, the development limits of the standard small lots were evident.  A vast field of 3 and 4 story apartment buildings extended to the horizon, and consolidation of these lots to build larger projects was made more difficult by condominium divisions of the lots.
The solution: re-purpose the high school lot as Tel Aviv's first skyscraper, the Shalom Tower. 

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