Shilo Ben Aroya Architects have turned an existing three-storey building from the 1970s into a contemporary, seven-storey office building. The preservation of the old building gave rise to the solution of double-layered “skin” façades, covering both the new and the old parts. This type of façade is an innovative approach that benefits insulation, especially relevant in hot countries with high levels of sun radiation like Israel.
Transparency, natural light, clear circulation and energy efficiency are the main focuses of the design. Therefore all the rooms were arranged at the perimeter of the building, around a central atrium space of triple height, into which natural daylight penetrates through a skylight. All rooms have an exterior window, as well as a glass wall facing into the central space with its natural diffused light, replacing artificial light and therefore saving electricity.