KPF unveils scrolling supertall Tel Aviv skyscraper that will be Israel’s tallest building

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Global architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has unveiled the design for its spiraling tower, which will be the tallest building of Tel Aviv upon its completion.
Kohn Pedersen Fox has designed the Azrieli Tower, a 340-metre-high supertall skyscraper for Tel Aviv that will be the tallest building in Israel.
Shaped like an unfurling scroll, the tower will have a spiralling glass facade that narrows in stages towards the pinnacle.

At the top of the supertall skyscraper a viewing area will be open to the public, providing views over the Mediterranean sea and, on a clear day, as far as Jerusalem.
Currently the 238-metre-high Azrieli Sarona Tower is both the tallest tower in Tel Aviv and in Israel. At 285 metres, Ron Arad’s ToHa tower will be the tallest when it completes in 2020, but it is currently on hold.

Named Azrieli Tower, reaching 340m high, the building will become the new icon of the renowned Azrieli Center, and will feature a vibrant mix of uses to the city’s business district, and energise the skyline with its unique, aspirational form.

KPF is closely working with the Azrieli Group and MZA, and KPF paid thoughtful attention to the composition of the larger complex, which includes a trio of perfectly square, circular and triangular towers. 

The new building is designed as an elongated circle in plan, while the new tower’s elliptical footprint references this purist geometry, respecting the architecture of its neighbours while establishing a dynamic, new identity.

For its outer envelope, the tower takes the form of a spiraling scroll weaving around the existing retail base and towers at ground level. 

Further up in the composition, the façade wraps around the shaft of the new tower, narrowing as it ascends to create optimal office floorplates and scaled to accommodate residential and hotel functions with a large event space at the top.

“The design allows us to unify the urban precinct of the Azrieli Center with the new tower. The spiraling façade appears to drape elegantly around the structure of both tower and base. As it embraces the existing complex, it unifies the four towers into a single composition. The objective is to further invigorate this urban cluster, underscoring its importance as one of the most vital epicentres of Tel Aviv,” said James von Klemperer, KPF president and design principal.

The new mixed-use building will integrate 65,000sqm of office, 17,000sqm of residential, 15,000sqm of hotel, and 15,000sqm of retail space. 

Near its pinnacle, the tower will include a public space for gathering and entertainment. As the city’s tallest building, the Azrieli Tower will offer unparalleled views of Tel Aviv, from its historic neighbuorhoods and the Mediterranean Sea to Jerusalem on a clear day.

“This project represents a significant step in establishing Tel Aviv’s architecture on an international stage by introducing KPF’s expertise to a rapidly developing urban area,” added KPF.