Public Cube

Tel Aviv, Israel

Program: Medical clinic, library, community center, kindergarten, multi level & urban park
Area: 4,500 sqm
Status: Proposal 2008

The modern city is expanding at a tremendous pace, but is also losing the human scale within the context of the historic city. The public garden, usually the only available patch of greenery in an urban neighborhood, often does not fulfill the requirement for a significant open space for residents. The Public Cube is a proposal that transforms the public garden – besides its existing roles of meeting place, rest and play area – into a social community center for all residents: a multi-storey, voluminous space combining local public services such as kindergarten, day-care, medical clinic, synagogue and library alongside the greenery of a park. The new community structure combines the neighborhood’s entire public activities, thus retrieving significant plots of land for building, reducing infrastructure and transportation expenses by dropping the present rates of commuting between public buildings today. Every community is welcome to choose its own preferred combination of social services which it regards as beneficial to its lifestyle, creating a wide and varied functional array inside the each neighborhood’s community mall. The Public Cube mall will bring people together, promote a feeling of belonging and infuse a sense of social, cultural and ethnic identity. In the urban sense, a network of expanded community malls will be fully integrated in a single communication system. All branches in the network will share data, cooperate on cultural programs and update each other on schedules. The Public Cube will be provide service to visitors from outside town and district, and extend its cultural and social know-how to other communities.

Functionally speaking, the Public Cube is a chance to redefine the central core of a district along with the entire social landscape of the neighborhood. Using the correct combination of public functions, the neighborhood’s open spaces can be effectively made available to residents. The architecture suggests a new vocabulary that exposes its unique inner content. It is an initiator of local identity with a primary role in the new urban society.