D. Eytan / R. Lahav-Rigg
Architects & Planners
© D. Eytan / R. Lahav-Rigg
Banit Center Talpiot, Jerusalem
Ruth Lahav—Tony Rigg Architects, 1987-2010
Completed in two stages:
Stage A 1997
Stage B 2010
Client: Banit Company, Ltd.
Built area: 28,000m²
Structural engineer: Eli Ben Walid, Jerusalem
Plumbing engineer: Amnon Yosha, Jerusalem
Electrical engineer: Itkin - Blum, Jerusalem
H.V.A.C. engineer: Noam Harari, Tel Aviv
Banqueting & conference area interior design: Studio Gad Halperin, Tel Aviv
Interior & Landscape design: Tony Rigg, Dublin
- The Area
Situated in the Talpiot light-industrial/ commercial zone, between Rehov Haoman and Rehov Hatnufa, the triangular site slopes from northeast to southwest.
The design was developed from an existing structure (at the northwest end of the site) & elements of design into a multi-functional commercial building, built (and designed) in stages.
Most of the buildings in the surrounding area are of very mediocre quality. As a finished building, it has a very big impact on the atmosphere of the whole area.
- Design Concept
The project was designed to provide flexible accommodation for a mixed function, industrial, commercial and office center.
The top floor has recently been completed as a Conference & Banqueting complex.
The main event area is 2,350m², L shaped, and divisible with moveable acoustic walls into up to 4 event areas. To the side are 1,000m² of kitchens.
The entrance lobby is 600m² and there is a roof terrace with wooden deck of 1,000m².
The middle floor has been designed as a shopping mall, focused on the building trades, house renovation & interior design. There are 34 shops and an 'internet cafe' in the centre.
The two lower levels include 10,000m² car parking, street facing commerce, and the offices, stores & shop of the Banit Company.
All the levels are linked by an Atrium, from the lower car park level up to the roof level, which is also a car park, accessed by a spiral ramp on the east side of the project.