Competition Proposal,New entrance, Technion, Haifa, Israel
Urban integration: The northern and eastern coming traffic route for the Technion drains into a cumbersome and complicated traffic light junction that does not permit pedestrian crossing freely and in continues way without waiting. This is a main intersection, which doesn't direct the vehicle traffic in the most efficient way in addition to the pedestrians problem. The project seeks to preserve the urban context as an environment-friendly and accessible for pedestrians, which is one of the main urban principles the project responds to.
In order to do that, the existing traffic lights has been eliminated at the junction and a "Piazza" dedicated for pedestrians only was designed, which stays open to the adjacent shopping center, and watch towards the eastern entrance of the Technion. The "Piazza" will also serve as a point of convergence, a pleasant and safe environment for pedestrians on their way to their destination, without waiting in traffic lights. The vehicles traffic, will pass right under the "Piazza "and will eventually enter a traffic roundabout located under it, which help them to join the traffic right after in the different directions, which one of them is the entrance to the Technion. The only vehicles that won't be integrated into the traffic circle are those who want to get from "Tzhal" street to "Israel Freedom Fighters " street, including the bus line that passes in this route. a part of the idea is to move the station a few hundred meters to the north, which eventually will face the new "piazza".
The gate structure is inspired by the characteristic of city of Haifa and from the fact that this city is located on the northern coast bay of the of Israel. The Shape of the sail of a ship and its aerodynamically characteristic which led to a structure comprised of three entities who enter each one in the other, creating a uniform mass. The Technion, a leading technological institution, received a solution of a structure with light couverture , consisting of two metal arches complement one another. The couverture consist of horizontal elements used as a Breeze-Soleil (sun protection). The building itself is designed from reinforced concrete and glass.
The gate with the majority of the movement of pedestrians and vehicles coming from the city of Haifa has been designed with an emphasis on actions and integration into its natural environment. The building fits into the Carmel landscape. The curtain walls don't create a barrier between the external environment and internal environment. In that way students, professors and the visitors of the Technion rates are not detached from the natural environment in which the institution is located.
A rectangular structure in a metal construction that combines curtain walls which allows a panoramic view of passers-by. The couverture shape inspired by trees which also adds a natural integration of the project in its natural surroundings . The shelter prevents the greenhouse effect, Moreover a natural ventilation is being created by the space between the arches and the glass structure ,during the hot Israeli summer.
The design of the gate was inspired by the merger of old and new, by combining classical architectural features and modern elements, an arched couverture against metallic structure with modern characteristics. The problem of multiplicity of paths and confusion has been resolved by the creation of a traffic round located within the entrance, which recognized immediately upon entry and vehicle can find the different directions within efficiently and safely. Lack of characterization and representation gate entrance provides this important academic institution, had been solved, respecting the institution and providing an internal and external crowed gathering spaces.