The Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee has approved the construction of the 36-story Migdal HaRakevet tower at the city entrance as part of the Jerusalem Gateway Project.
Designed by Pei, Cobb, Freed, and Partners, the building will be situated next door to the nearly-completed Yitzhak Navon Railway Station. It will connect below grade to the station and the planned underground parking lot on Shazar Street.
As the tower will be the first site many visitors to Jerusalem see, its design is meant to inspire the observer, deviating from the sharper angles seen throughout the neighborhood. The result is a sweeping edifice not dissimilar to the twisted style of the newly completed Azrieli Sarona Tower in Tel Aviv.
The visage of the tower will loom above the circular opening of the transportation hub, commanding the gaze of commuters arriving from Tel Aviv via the high-speed rail.
The skyscraper will be used primarily for office space, but will also include public exhibition spaces, a lecture hall, and 1,500 square meters of retail space. It is expected to be one of the first buildings of the Jerusalem Gateway Project to be completed.
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