Fact FileBuilding size: 1,200 M’
Concrete pergola size: 1,800 M’
Landscape design: Zur-Wolf Landscape Architects
Principal architect: Asaf Lerman
Photo credit: Nimrod Levy
The entrance roof structure design is informed by local traditions of desert inhabitants. Cast in raw concrete, it resembles a tent structure covering 1,800 sqm and welcoming visitors into a cool, shaded space. Light and shadow are projected through the veil-like grid, defining the perimeters of the public event space. Underneath the roof, a vibrant field of activities unfolds, including interconnected walkways, convenient kiosks, essential services, a shop, a versatile amphitheater, seating areas, and informative touchpoints. These elements are strategically positioned near park entrances and exits.
The roof also intelligently channels fresh air towards the adjacent educational building. Narrow passages lead the fresh air through the building’s circulation system. Air conditioning is replaced with ecological ventilation, aligning with the Midbarium’s commitment to sustainability.
The design is a seamless integration of vernacular knowledge with the concrete legacy of the city’s most prominent architectural icons. By removing the barrier of air conditioning, the desert air is welcomed in, establishing a brave new bond with the city.