Between the city and the sea
A new area in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Right from the start, the dream of building the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa has been interwoven with its unique coastal culture, a wonderful area of opportunity in which a lively and vibrant city meets the open beauty of the great sea.
The architectural heritage of Tel Aviv-Jaffa has had its ups and downs when it comes to the coastal strip. However, since the year 2000, as part of a comprehensive and wide-ranging urban vision, the important link between the city and the coastal strip began to be built. The public area of the Tel Aviv port, which opened in 2004, offered the public a space with a new standard of design and hospitality, an area whose unique design won it international awards, and put Tel Aviv on the map in terms of world architecture. Following the success of the project and the broad public support it received, a development boom began along the city's beaches, from Tel Baruch to the Jaffa slope.
As part of the renovation of the Shlomo Lahat Promenade (2010-2018), which is a central component of the renewal of the coastal strip, we have tried to re-establish the connection between the city and its beaches by removing the sea wall and replacing it with a series of seating areas spread along the promenade, as well as upgrading the buildings on the beach and turning their roofs into inviting urban balconies. This has created a new coastline that allows the beach to be easily accessed from anywhere, giving the public a number of ways to enjoy the view spreading alongside the city.
Since there are no new areas in this crowded city, the link between the city and the beach had to create something out of nothing - a space that creates a new place and a new coastal culture in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Together with our colleagues who work in coastal planning, we consider it a great privilege to be involved in these projects, which have created a new agenda in the Israeli public space by making architectural quality a central factor in their success and a primary public interest.
Ganit Mayslits-Kassif, Maor Roitman and Udi Kassif
Mayslits Kassif Architects