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PORTFOLIO Dana Bar’ely Katz Projects 2007-2013



Di ploma project,Tel Aviv University

4 Personal Information

6 Professional Experience

Mann-Shinar Architects & Planners Timna International Airport, Israel Expo 2015 competition, Milan, Italy ‘Generi’ Competition - Government building, Jerusalem, Israel BLK Architects & Town Planners ‘New Tower‘ competition - Mixed use 45 level tower,Tel Aviv, Israel New Vajnory - Residential neig hborhood, Bratislava, Slovakia ‘Hashahar‘ Tower - Mixed use 52 level tower, Givataim, Israel Fazana project - Housing & Hospitality complex, Croatia

22 Academic Work

Azrieli School of Architecture, Tel Aviv University Transformer - Di ploma project InterActions - Multi Residential studio Hula Valley Visitors Centre - Ecological studio A House Around a Tree - Residential studio Givon Square - Dani Karavan Workshop

60 Out of context Paintings & graphic works Photography

DANA BAR’ELY KATZ I have recently relocated to Melbourne from Tel Aviv, after graduating with honours from Tel Aviv school of Architecture at 2012, working one year as a graduate architect and three years as an intern in two of Israel‘s top architecture firms.


Nationality : Languages: Visa status:

Israeli English (fluent) / Hebrew (first language) Eligible to work full time in Australia (Hig her Education Visa, and in the final stages of obtaining a Permanent Residence visa)


Adress: Phone: Email:

4/130 Nicholson Street Fitzroy,VIC 3065 Australia 0497.871.840

Professional Record 11.2013 - present

08.2012 - 07.2013 10.2009 - 07.2012

Graduate Architect Martin Friedrich Architects, Melbourne, Australia Graduate Architect Mann-Shinar Architects & Planners, Tel Aviv, Israel Intern Architect BLK Architects & Town Planners, Tel Aviv disctrict, Israel


10.2013 - present

[Co]Design Studio, Melbourne, Australia

Academic Background 2012

Bachelor of Architecture* with honours (Magna Cum Laude) ASOA- Azrieli School of Architecture,Tel Aviv, Israel *Five-year degree

Awards / Distinctions

Diploma project:

Distinction Nominated for David Azrieli Prize - outstanding final projects of 2012 Publication in Xnet online magazine


Softwares: Architectural skillset: 4

*** Autocad / Sketchup / Revit / Adobe CS / Artlantis Render ** Rhino / Grasshopper / Vray * 3D Studio Max / ArchiCAD *** 2D Drafting, 3D Modelling, Physical modelmaking, Sketch Drawing

Key projects:

TIMNA International Airport

p.6 EXPO 2015 Competition

p.12 TRANSFORMER Di ploma Project

p.22 INTER-A-CTIONS Housing Complex

p.46 HULA VALLEY Visitors Centre

p.50 5

Professional Experience




TIMNA International Airport Awarded by public tender, this is a mega project in Israel today. Planning work included detailed architectural design for all structures and facilities. Estimated project cost: $300 m. The airport will feature a 3,600 m runway and will have eight parking spots for large airplanes and nine for turboprop airplanes. The airport, which is 18 kilometers north of Eilat, will serve domestic and international flights. It’s projected to open in 2016, and to be capable of handling between 1.8 million and 2.25 million passengers a year.

The new airport, the first civilian airport to be built in Israel since its establishment, is located in the middle of nowhere. The aim was to create a simple, inviting airport that is meant more for tourists than business travelers.

A desert view of open horizons that stretches all the way to the Jordanian mountains in the east dictates the fundamental concept of the project, with the terminal building acting as an air-conditioned box that encapsulates one chapter in the desert and opens up to the rest of the landscape. The design is inspired by the shape of the desert rocks, with an abstract interpretation that is reminiscent of origami paper folds and which blurs the distinction between the ceiling and the walls. The passenger terminal will only occupy one floor, in an open-plan design. Two giant roof structures (alluding an airplane’s wings) from both sides of the passengers terminal are covering the support area, which consist of several designated buildings.

Unusual stone formations at Timna National Park


Mann-Shinar Architects

Project: New international resort air port in the south of Israel Client: The Israeli Airports Authority Program: 5.5 km2 including a 30,000 m2 passangers terminal and ~50,000 m2 support areas Location: Timna,Israel Phase: under construction Year: 2012-2013


Landscape conceptual design: a design that uses a single element throughout the entire area to achieve a modern, low-maintenance design which suits to a desert climate.

A design of a functional shading system for the two main facades of the main terminal.


General Aviation building (operating private flights)

As part of the support area I was in charge of the design of three support building; 800 m2 General Aviation Terminal, 700 m2 maintenance building and an a 500sqm administrative fuel-farm building.

Maintenance building

Each building has a unique form while conforming to the overall design of the airport’s support area by leveraging the operational functions of the buildings to create individual designs that emphasize their specific purposes.


Mann-Shinar Architects

Project: Israel pavilion at the next Expo exhibition Client: The Israeli ministry of foreign affairs Program: 800 m2 exhebition space & retail,1,300 m2 garden & open theater Location: Milan,Italy Year: 2013

EXPO 2015 Competition

Israel is one of the 132 countries that will participate in the next Expo exhibition in Milan, Italy. The theme of the Expo, ‘Feeding the Planet- Energy for Life’, centers on fighting famine and malnutrition worldwide through sustainable development, global cooperation and new technology. And Israel has a big contribution to make in this area. The Mediterranean country is a pioneer in the fields of agriculture and effective water management thanks to the technologies and practices its experts and farmers have developed to be able to grow food on its largely arid terrain.


We proposed a unique and eminent structure which leverages the site’s geometric constraints. This iconic, longitudinal structure alludes a huge “Noah’s arch” and manifests the Israeli exhibition theme: “Making more from less”. This pavilion showcases the unique spirit of Israel in terms of innovation, as well as its culture and ancient tradition.

The pavilion consists of two opposite spaces, negative and positive which acts as a whole; a terraced garden with an open theater and a closed exhibition space beneaththe theater, taking advantage of its sloping face for a huge projections screen. Open vs. Closed scheme

Circulation scheme

Longitudinal section


Mann-Shinar Architects

Project: Government Office building Client: The Israeli Government Program: 30,000 m2 government offices Location: Jerusalem,Israel Year: 2013


Government Building Competition The competition included planning and executing the government complex building which consists of seven above ground stories, a three story car park and two story bridges. The project had to meet the rigorous construction and safety regulations of a government building, as well as the obligatory use of Jerusalem stone for cladding (This stone has been used in Jerusalem since ancient times and it is the only material permitted to be used as building cladding in Jerusalem In order to preserve the city’s architectural style).


We proposed a concept which derives from these restrictions; a complex designed as a monolithic mass from which internal gardens were carved to insert light and fresh air. It is composite of two parallel buildings, connected by bridges, and a broad passageway crossing the complex that also serves as a public courtyard.

Typical floor plan

Top floor plan

Ground floor plan

Parking floor plan

Cross section

Longitudinal section


BLK Architects

Project: Mixed-use 45 level tower Client: Lubinski group ltd Program: 39,000 m2 offices,13,000 m2 hotel,1,250 m2 retail Location: Tel Aviv,Israel Year: 2011

’NEW’ TOWER Competition

The site is located on the bank of Ayalon highway, a major traffic artery in Tel-Aviv. We proposed a unique concept for this tower, making it a new landmark alongside the highway; the tower was designed as a dynamic sculpture that changes its visual perception from every direction and reflects the highway’s sense of speed.

Ground floor plan

The tower comprises of 30 office floors (each floor 1,500 m2), 10 floors of 200 room hotel including a sport club and a pool, Retail at the ground floor (cars showroom), 5 parking floors and an underground technical floor. The design utilizes the maximum permitted height by city regulations. In addition, the irregular shape of each floor creates an extremely efficient floor scheme; the building core is only 13% of each floor. The tower consists of two different circulation systems (a two-zone elevator system for the office floors and one for the hotel), that gives a direct and easy access to each floor. Although it seems curved, the structure is composed only of straight lines, which makes its construction and maintenance easier.

Typical office floor plan

Typical hotel floor plan



BLK Architects

Project: Residential neig hborhood Client: Eastfield- Atlas Site: 1,100 km2 Location: Bratislava,Slovakia Phase: First phase under construction Year: 2011


Residential Neig hborhood, Slovakia “New Vajnory� is a newly designed neighborhood, adjacent to Vajnory, within the Bratislava metropolitan area. This green community encompassing residential and commercial area, public facilities and a park, is designed to cater to diverse community, offering multiple housing types from private to multistory housing, within walking distance of civic amenities and green parks (approximately 7000 apartments and 250 houses are planned to be built in the course of the next 10 years).

The first phase of the project was a development of a 125 unit complex with 800sqm of retail space which conceived as an urban entity with the preference of urban spaces. The basic composition is based on the design concept of differentiated urban spaces that define each block and provide visual diversity.


New Vajnory Master plan

View of the inner public courtyard

First phase Master plan

Parking floor plan

Typical floor plan

Ground floor plan

Cross section

Longitudinal section


BLK Architects


Mixed-use 52-level tower This mixed-use tower is located on the border of a residential neighborhood in Givataim and Ramat- Gan business district which characterized by high rise buildings. Moreover, there is a housing shortage in the city of Givataim, which considered one of the crowded cities in Israel (with a rate of 17 inhabitants for 1 km2).

The program of the tower meets several demands for this area; It’s creating an urban sequence of high- rise office buildings; adding a variety of housing posibilitiesfrom 1-2 bedroom apartments to penthouses and mini penthouses at the top floors; and generating a new public space comprises by a spacious square in adjacent to retail and public facilities.


Project: Mixed-use 52 level tower Client: Suffrin- Tidhar Program: 50,000 m2 offices,retail outlets,public facilities and 140 residential units on the top 12 levels Location: Givataim (Tel Aviv greater area),Israel Phase: Under construction Year: 2013

BLK Architects

Project: Hotel and holiday apartments complex Client: Leader Croatia Program: 21,000 m2; 14,000 m2 residential,4,000 m2 hotel and 3,000 m2 commercial Location: Bratislava,Slovakia Year: 2011


Residential & Hospitality Complex, Croatia Fa탑ana is a coastal town on the south- west part of the Istrian peninsula, which is characterized by green planes and holiday resorts scattered all over the coast, and is also rich in historic sites from the Roman period. We developed a conceptual design of an exclusive hospitality and residential project, located first line to the sea, adjacent to the old city of Fazana. The project was meant to enhance economic development and to encourage further initiatives in this area. The program included an 80 room 4 stars hotel and a 136 holiday apartment complex with additional commercial space on a plot size of 16,700 m2.

The design of the new complex interacts with the architecture of the old city by a dynamic massing of buildings around inner courtyards with open passageways and cross ventilation. This composition allows loitering inside the housing clusters without any physical barriers, while keeping the inner courtyards more intimate. In addition, in order to leverage the proximity to sea we developed a scheme of terraced apartments, all facing the sea.

Conceptual sketch


Academic Work


TRANSFORMER Di ploma project,Tel Aviv University 23

Tel Aviv University


Project: Multi- purpose urban public space, as part of the urban renewal a poor and dangerous neig hborhood in Tel Aviv Program: 27,000- 36,000 m2 mixed use functions (housing, offices,education,community& recreation) Location: Tel Aviv,Israel Year: 2011-2012

Di ploma Project

The Aesthetics of a mess The area of South Tel Aviv, particularly the neighborhood of Neve Shaanan, is considered one of the lowest socio-economic and dangerous parts of Israel. Today it is inhabited by thousands of migrants from Southeast Asia- and refugees seeking asylum from Sudan, Eritrea and the Ivory Coast. Neve Shaanan is also a transportation hub. Its main street spans about 500 meters, connecting the bustling New Central Bus Station (Tel Aviv’s main transportation hub) from the now-abandoned Old Central Bus Station where Tel Aviv hides its darker side and where prostitutes, heroin addicts and other sad stories haunt the streets.

Human mosaic

Approaching this kind of project, one must believe in the transformative power of design to offset and even improve chaotic conditions and mitigate marginalization. The project proposes an unconventional design that is unique to the needs and conditions of the neighborhood, and offers a solution that synthesizes architecture and urban planning by Bottom up and Top down interventions.

The project deals with the urban renewal of Neve Shaanan by embracing the neighborhood’s social and multicultural features, transforming it into a unique and essential landmark in the city. 24

Proposed Masterplan

Building additions reflecting human needs

Vibrant ethnic communities

The old central bus station as a “black hole”

Controversial politic situation

“Pixels”- Architecture of improvisations

Housing shortage

After the signing of the Oslo Accords in the mid 1990s, the supply of cheap, Palestinian labor to Israel stopped. Israel then, like other countries moving to a post-industrial economy, needed inexpensive and exploitable labor. To address the post-Oslo labor shortage, Israeli manpower companies began to recruit workers, mainly from Southeast Asia. These migrant workers are bound to their employers and the employment arrangement drastically curtails workers’ rights. Once the five-years arrangement is over, the workers are deported back to their countries of origin and replaced by a new wave of workers. Alongside the migrant workers, in the neighborhoods of South Tel Aviv, live over fifty thousand African refugees. Many walked through the Sinai desert to get to Israel. The African refugees in Israel aren’t fully registered refugees with the United Nations, and do not have any kind of official papers. Without official documentation, they cannot work. NonJewish refugees, for the most part, receive no state aid and are reliant on community organizations and families. Many of the refugees sleep in a park, in the shadow of the Central Bus Station.


Strategy of connection:

The project proposes to extend the NeveShaanan pedestrian mall, the neighborhood’s vigorous heart, by some 600 meters, until it intersects with the up-market Rothschild Boulevard. The pedestrian route will encompass the development of three focal points: adding to the residential fabric along the route; reviving use of the new central bus station; and developing the old bus station compound as a gateway to the neighborhood.

Strategy of flexibility:

The guiding design principle was the creation of a constant and organized infrastructure that contains light and dynamic mixed use units. These units can expend or shrink according to the ever-changing needs of the neighborhood. 26

Design princi ples: 1. Diversity 2. Flexibility 3. Connectivity

Transforming Neve Shaanan neighborhood into a unique and essential landmark in the city of Tel Aviv, by emphasizing its social and multicultural features.

In addition to being a transportation hub, it is also characterizes by constant changes in population and demographic, shrinking during the week and expanding again on the weekends, and subjected to social and political fluctuations.

Neve Shaanan neighborhood is a central station.


1. Infill

Formal and informal

circulation scheme around the Neve Shaanan pedestrian mall


Neve Shaanan pedestrian mall is the neighborhood’s vigorous heart. The street’s bustling shop fronts service people from varying nationalities and ethnic communities. Over time, some of these communities have developed to become part of contemporary Israeli society. The street has also become a destination for authentic ethnic cuisine. On weekends the street is lined with mats and blankets displaying a myriad of products for sale in a third-world style open air market.

What exists behind these store fronts, hidden from the unlocal eye, is a dilapidated maze of temporary bars, cultural spots and other meeting places for the diverse communities of the neighborhood. Some members of these foreign communities have been illegally squatting and occupying deserted buildings and communal courtyards, using them as a hidden sanctuary and a home away from home.

Reviving and formalizing the inner block courtyards

Is it possible to bridge the contradiction inherent in planning the random, the temporary, the unplanned? Typical passageway between the Neve Shaanan pedestrian mall with an inner block courtyard


1. Infill


View from a renewed inner block passageway, filled with tem

mporary housing, public facilities, shops and ethnic restaurants

The Neve Shaanan pedestrian mall holds a great potential for connecting the neighborhood with the city, acting as a central artery and “pumping� pedestrian movement and activity between the central bus station and the popular, up-market Rothschild Boulevard.

The interventions of the project will thicken the urban fabric around the pedestrian route by focusing on its inner courtyards as a unique and intriguing alternative to the formal commerce route.

The current building blocks around the pedestrian mall will be transformed into a constant infrastructure of mixed use units built from light weight additions. The existing buildings along these corridors will be refurbished to provide diverse social spaces with community facilities and local retail on the ground floor, and temporary housing units on the mid and upper floors. 31

continuing the main pedestrian mall and additional streets throughout the central bus station

For decades, South Tel Aviv has been the victim of first the construction and now the operation of the New Central Bus Station. Completed in 1990 after nearly three decades of construction, the Central Bus Station shattered what was already a poor neighborhood on the city’s periphery. The massive structure of the central bus station dominates the Neve Shaanan neighborhood and turns its back on its surroundings. Despite that, the building’s main wing acts as a hub of commerce and informal cultural activity for the people of the neighborhood besides its formal role as a transportation hub.


2. Reuse Of the central bus station Building

Disassembling and Recomposing strategy

• The massive structure is gutted and stripped back to its primary structural components. It is divided into smaller structures by continuing the main pedestrian mall and additional streets throughout. • The new compound is intersected with two wide courtyards that connect with lightweight bridges. • The central bus station becomes a flexible infrastructure, filled with light mixed use units and integrates with its surroundings.

View from the new part of the Neve Shaanan pedestrian mall, splitting the new flexible complex of the central bus station 33

3. The TRANSFORMER ‫ ם‬Connection point: multi-purpose urban public space on the old central bus station perimeter The Transformer, a new type of multi-purpose urban public space, derives its inspiration from the old central bus station, now empty and neglected. It is composed of permanent “piers” that channels the moving circulation and the various systems, interspersed with light, mobile structures that can change positions between the piers as desired.

+7.0- Upper layer: a “mosaic” of light and mobile structures of mixed use that can change possitions across the piers

Permanent “Tel Avivian” structures facing a wide road and serving as a basis for the dynamic structures

Permanent piers: connecting the two main levels of the complex, comprised of two leveled tracks

0.0- Lower layer: consisting of light and mobile structures of school classrooms, restaurants, bars and shops


The forlorn situation of the old central bus station compound today

The vibrant old central bus station back in its glory days

Inspiration from the old central bus station: mobile structures between permanent piers


3. The TRANSFORMER ‫ ם‬Connection point: multi-purpose urban public space on the old central bus station perimeter Mixed use, flexible program: The new urban complex is comprised of temporary and permanent functions, designated to serve a diverse crowd, while acting as one urban entity. The functions are nourished from each other and operate 24 hours, 7 days a week, expanding and shrinking according to the ever changing needs of the neighborhood.

Elementary school Minshar School of Art Public library Music school + Auditorium Temporary Offices Food & Shops Hostel & temporary housing Communication Centre Casino & Nightclub Weekend Market

The Transformer creates three urban situations, each consisting of a different program and density of users:

Special occasions*: Public square *Gathering for holidays/demonstrations etc.

The complex converges to create a wide open space in the form of a city square which can host a variety of gatherings.

Week: Inner courtyard

The complex is devided by a wide inner courtyard, providing a sense of communal intimacy to the neighborhood’s residents

Weekend: Interspertion

As the neighborhood fills with visitors, the complex transforms into a 24-hour, multi use hub, spreading its light structures across the entire premises that provide recreational spaces that are otherwise hidden during the week. 36

Open spaces schemes

Usage schemes

Revitalizing the old central bus station site The new unconventional compound acts as a new gateway to an unconventional neighborhood


3. The TRANSFORMER ‫ ם‬Connection point: multi-purpose urban public space on the old central bus station perimeter Upper level: light, mobile structures of temporary housing & offices

Piers: • channeling circulation and various systems • providing a sense of orientation to the site • connecting the two entry levels: 0.0, +7.0 Lower level: light, mobile structures of various retail uses Rails


0.0 Level plan, special occasions- a dense complex makes way for a spacious public square

+7.0 Level plan, weekends: interspersion of the light structures creates a sense of wandering through a fair


3. The TRANSFORMER ‫ ם‬Connection point: multi-purpose urban public space on the old central bus station perimeter Friday 11:00 - Minshar school of art and galleries

Longitudinal sections through “The Transformer”


Elementary school Minshar School of Art + Galleries Public library Music school + Auditorium Temporary Offices Food & Shops Hostel & temporary housing Communication Centre Casino & Nightclub Weekend Market

Saturday 13:00 - Weekend market

WEEK Elementary school

“Minshar” school of art + art galleries


Tuesday 13:00 - Elementary school

Week: Elementry school and Art school

Weekend: Art galleries and a market

Elementary school during recess

Weekend Market

Demonstration on the elementary school and art school area: The elementary school is comprised of six dynamic classrooms structures and a permanent hangar with sports halls (in addition to an adjacent administrative building for conservation). During the week the dynamic classrooms structures are arranged in two rows while on recess time they gather to a uniformed cluster, creating an open space for a playground. On the weekends the class structures gather inside the hangar and a weekend market spreads across the perimeter, using the piers as an infrastructure for the market stalls. “Minshar” art school is active all week long, while during the weekends a few mobile art galleries depart from the main building and spread across the front court, exhibiting students’ works for the public’s enjoyment. 41

3. The TRANSFORMER ‫ ם‬Connection point: multi-purpose urban public space on the old central bus station perimeter

Longitudinal sections through “The Transformer”

Tuesday 15:00 - Inner courtyard



Saturday 15:00 - s



Special occasions: public square Above: shops & restaurants alternatives Below: temporary housing alternatives

Weekends: maximal utilization

Throughout the week the complex is devided by a wide inner courtyard. This layout creates an aligned street facing commercial façade while providing a sense of intimacy inside the compound. While the complex services mostly the neighborhood’s residents throughout the week with community, education and commercial functions, on the weekend it transforms into a multicultural hub, attracting a diverse crowd from the entire city. During weekends The complex is rearranged as a mosaic of mixed use functions, scattered across the compound in a fair-like manner and revealing a few recreational functions that were hidden during the week, such as a casino and a nightclub.

shops & restaurants


Demonstration on the casino area:

Temporary Offices Food & Shops Hostel & temporary housing Communication Centre Casino & Nightclub Weekend Market


Friday 22:00 - Casino, nig htclub and bars 44


Tel Aviv University

Project: Housing complex: defining a new type of housing Program: 3,000 m2 apartments and public facilities Location: Florentine neig hborhood, Tel Aviv,Israel Group Dana Barely-Katz, Members: Hadar Rothschild Year: 2010

INTERACTIONS Housing Complex

How can we rethink the common typology of the modern apartment and apartment blocks? The partnership and community values that constitute the basis of the human fabric are being replaced today by alienation and estrangement.

The goal of this project is to enhance relationships between dwellers at different scales (unit, housing complex and street). The proposed design redefines common spatial hierarchies through the implementation of a formal scheme whose primary concern is the encouragement of human interaction.


“What we need to question is bricks, concrete, glass, our table manners, our u tensils, our tools, the way we spend our time, our rhythms.” Georges Perec, L’infra Ordinaire

At the scale of the unit: The form is composed of two slightly tilted ‘L’ shapes which encircle the central meeting space, the most important space of the home. This configuration breaks down the conventional delineation between distinct ‘living’ zones, and replaces the common residential program with one, dynamic space of constant interaction. This multi-leveled scheme is based on Bernard Tschumi’s theory, which argues that there is no space without event and architecture is a frame for “constructed situations”, encouraging a wide range of narratives and ambiences to emerge and to self organize. The proposed housing form creates a variety of situations and increases the potential for human contact.

Longitudinal section through complex

Typical two closed units cluster

Typical two opened units cluster


The project creates a wide range of intimate versus public spaces within the housing unit and complex, and serves as a rich platform for different events and human interactions. Cross section through complex


North facade

At the scale of the housing complex:

Housing typology in south Tel Aviv: anonymity and closure

The single units are designed to connect in several ways in order to create a dynamic whole which encourages as many meetings between dwellers as is possible. The complex’s circulation revolves around a spacious inner courtyard, crossed by a wide passageway that reinforces the relationship between the housing complex and the street. Public facilities are scattered around the complex on different levels, therefore stairways and ramps become key places of interaction. In addition, every unit features a balcony and a semi-private entryway. Upper units feature a different interpretation of the main meeting space in the form of an inner private courtyard.

A dynamic and inviting mass

Typical floor plan


Tel Aviv University


Project: Ecological visitors centre at a famous bird-watching site Program: 1,300 m2 auditorium, information,exhibitions, souvenir shop,offices and observatory Location: Hula valley,North of Israel Group Dana Barely-Katz Members: Tom Shaked Year: 2010

Visitor Centre

Hula Lake Park is located in the southern part of the Hula Valley, north of a nature reserve. The lake covers an area of one square kilometer and is interspersed with islands that serve as protected bird nesting sites. It has become a major stopover for migrating birds flying from Europe to Africa and back, and also a major birdwatching site. As a gate to the reserve, the Hula Valley visitor centre frames its surroundings without detracting from views of the landscape. The design blurs the line between open and closed, interior and exterior. This results in an open envelope which permits the free-flow of wind throughout the building, whilst allowing birds to occupy the space.


Ecological principles scheme

The design features a double roof scheme which promotes cooling and natural ventilating. The most eminent element of the visitor centre is the main roof, which folds upwards like a bird’s wings and opens towards the view of the reserve. This large white roof houses an open plan which contains several independent pavilions. All-in-one roof: Water conservation, energy production, natural ventilation and cooling. In addition, a doublecolumn system throughout the building allows rainwater preservation.

Cross sections


Outer exhibition spaces JULY 12:00 PM

APRIL 12:00 PM


Shading research

View 52 from main exhibition and information space


Ground floor plan

Longitudinal section

Gallery floor plan

The visitors’ route commences at the parking area and progresses through a series of outer exhibition spaces which are situated in front of the main building. At the entrance of the main building the route is expressed formally through a dynamic system of ramps which directs visitors towards several focal-

points whilst connecting the ground- level with the gallery/observatory level. This route encircles the main space of the visitor centre; an open space for changing exhibitions, learning points and an outer restaurant. The building also includes an auditorium, offices and a souvenir shop.




Tel Aviv University

Project: Private ecological house for a researcher at the botanical gardens Program: 65 m2 Living & working spaces Location: Tel Aviv Botanical Gardens, Israel Year: 2009

A HOUSE AROUND A TREE Ecological House for a researcher in the Botanical Gardens

Tel Aviv University’s Botanic Gardens spread over about 2.5 hectares and offers a variety of plantations (which differ according to climate zone). For this second year studio, the main task was to design a private ecological house for the researcher in residence at the Botanical Gardens. This house also serves as a model for sustainable design which exhibits site specific solutions. The site I chose to deal with is dominated by a number of old trees, whose foliage and roots cover most of the land.

“A shrine for a tree” The concept is derived from two key design principles: .Planning around the old trees, making them an integral part of the scheme; and using the ground’s thermal mass for energy conservation.

Hand-drawn plan


The result is a striking yet simple form which grows out of the ground and is defined by the positioning of the trees. As visitors enter the site they encounter a white, tilted roof which emerges from the ground. A curved footpath leads visitors alongside the working space of the house down to an underground courtyard. This courtyard also serves as the entrance to the living area of the house (a private sleeping area is secluded from the visitors’ path and faces a small private courtyard). In the main courtyard, 3 meters beneath the ground level, visitors encounter a framed view of the sky and the trees’ foliage.

Current state of the site

The design ofthe green roof is informed by windpaths, creating a well-ventilated home.



Tel Aviv University

Project: Flash-design of a public square in an inner-block space in TelAviv Site: 10,000 m2 Location: Tel Aviv,Israel Group Dana Barely-Katz Members: Hadar Rothschild Year: 2012

GIVON SQUARE Dani Karavan Workshop

The project deals with revitalizing an empty inner courtyard of an office block and turning it into a public square, as part of a three-day workshop with the world renowned sculptor Dani Karavan.

The square consists of continuous folding segments, interconnecting with the surrounding buildings to provide shade and intimate spaces at the perimeter of the square.

By breaking the plot’s longitudinal orientation, the square would be comprised of several focal points and cross entryways.

The folding segments act as a built topography, creating a sense of random rambling and varied interaction possibilities. Furthermore, the surrounding buildings’ commercial floor is redefined to face the public square in addition to the street.


The potential of unoccupied balconies facing the square

General plan

Existing Cross section

New Cross section

Folding segments which break the longitudinal orientation of the square


CONCEPTUAL MODEL 2nd year,Tel Aviv University


Out Of Context 61

KITTY - Pen & pencil, 2007

Paintings and graphic works Work related and unrelated to my core Architectural studies 62


SIVAN - Oil on canvas, 2010

IKOINE BUILDING - Charcoal on paper, 2009

SEXY - Ink on paper, 2007

STILL LIFE COMPOSITION - Charcoal on paper, 2008








N SCOTT COHEN - Tel Aviv, 2011

E MEURON - San Francisco, 2012

VENICE, 2012


Thank you.

Graduate architect portfolio 2013, Dana Bar'ely Katz  
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