Tel Aviv University, Israel
Located at Tel Aviv University, the project was designated by the School of Psychological Sciences as both a research and treatment center. The unique program which includes both treatment and research and the project’s location on the southern edge of the campus along George Wise St., provided an opportunity for a project which interacts with the street, yet provides privacy and intimacy. The chosen architectural scheme was an L-shaped building, stretching one wing along the street and another along the campus’s entrance boulevard. Our scheme and the neighboring Naftali Building enclose a courtyard. In order to expose it to the campus, the ground floor was planned with a minimal footprint. Its public functions - including the lobby and conference room - are transparent, facing the street and displaying the activities held in the building. The entrance hall leads to the core of circulation, at the joint of the two perpendicular wings. On the floors above ground are located the various functions, arranged according to privacy and accessibility requirements. The 1st and 2nd floor contain the research facilities, laboratories, and offices’ whereas the 3rd floor hold the clinic. All floors are connected by two atriums, enabling and encouraging random encounters between researchers, students, and visitors of the building.
The spaces of the project were arranged according to the researcher's concept of “streamlining”, meaning that research feeds treatment methods held within the clinic, and the outcome of the treatments feeds the research back.
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