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Assemblage, Film.

Facade Observ ation.

Learning a m aterial.

W all House.

Vertical Cit y.

Home Expansion.

Conc rete.


- Studio Project in Tokyo

Gradual “migration” is when an object from a catalog, rearranges, accumulates itself, and manages and attempts to rule the objects at its’ home surroundings.

Watch me

The accumulation phenomenon is the starting point of this project and contains an observation of an ordinary Japanese house and its contents. The catalog serves as a tool for understanding the phenomenon, and it’s “raw material” and all that fed’s from that point. The houses try to contain everything that is found in it. The dynamics between the multiplicity of objects to their environments in which they are contained, will dictate the way life feels in a place. The excess materials require enlarging the small area and therefore intensify the removal of content assets in a new place. The film shows a switch from

one catalog system, formally, to another catalog, which is found in our home, and exists through the internal organizational system. In fact, one can understand the way the items are managed at home by the way the objects are organized. The tension between the architectural plan and home users always exists. The people and their belongings are the ones dictating the space and not vice versa. Rearranging the objects is done by choice and careful selection until the bursting moment, when there is no longer space. The project deals with an individual's attempt to control the ongoing need for a constant, obsession to hold onto

stuff. It is a complex relationship between the objective and the subjective, where the stuff pushes the staff holder out the door as he tries to control them. The film will allow the evolution of something new from the existing, the transition from a house to a building and to a neighborhood. Furthermore it will offer a new typology for a place that can accommodate the access in an organized or less organized way, with or without the full interventions of the people. Something general and universal which can be applied to any place.

Vertical Street


Mixed-use (residential, office, and commercial) building design, third year studio. The site is a typical Jerusalem bock, with elevated terrain. The topography naturally divides between two different city areas, Nachlaot a residential neighborhood, and the commercial area of downtown Jerusalem. The hous-

Downtown Jerusalem

ing project aims to integrate the two functions for the benefit of the city as well as the building itself. The building’s circulation continues the city street, and creates the building’s shape. The spaces created, characterized by the two different scales, private and urban, inspired by the two functions that the building

embodies. Stairs that allow the public to climb the building, form a vertical continuation of the street, and a relationship between the building and the city. The location of stairs shifts that part of the building and allows it to work as a separate function and also, as part of the building and the urban sequence.



Facade observation

The architectural grid is an instrument that helps in planning new realities while dictating basic conditions for the design. The project uses the grid’s basic features to build a three-dimensional tool and with it study the moments

before the planning process. The three-dimensional grid operates within a more dynamic and complex realm. The urban environment is composed of moments from deep within our consciousness which restrain the planning

process. The development of the tool grants a more particular look at situations of our surroundings through isolating and framing our physical environment into 2D views.

Home expansion

Laundry use objects

Home use objects

House expansions

The project issues the un-authorized expansion of houses in the Nachlaot neighborhood in west Jerusalem. Nachlaot is one of the first neighborhoods built outside the walls of old Jerusalem in the second half of the 19th century. The concept was developed through the mapping of a laundromat, studying its systematic operation and its many objects, and

attending the laundromat as an extension of the house. Identifying objects that are the same or used the same either in public or private spaces of the city raises the phenomenon of the urban nomad. The phenomenon is reflected in spatial expressions, showing the need of people in a modern city to expand their living space and create alternative spaces. The alley is

now defined as a space for the first occupant while creating new relationships between individuals. The project offers a new parcellation of the alley, giving each resident an opportunity to make public use of the space. The additional space is a natural extension of the house but also transform the street to a new spatial experience.

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

Room function mapping

Multipurpose spaces Bathroom/toilet Bedroom

Parcellation proposal

Learning materials

This exercise studies the characteristics of a plastic bag and uses its natural traits to transform its shape and structure.


Technology and Technique course, second year. Concrete casting using plaster molds.

Wall house

The project is located on Ibn Gabirol, a busy street in Tel Aviv. The site itself is on the northern part of the street which was built in a later period and is embedded with housing blocks. The blocks elevations face toward inner court-

yards, separated from the streets. The project is set on these gaps and recreates the streets sequence as well as providing the privacy so needed for the inner courtyards. In order to achieve these objectives the structure is built as

horizontal slabs creating narrow spaces that interact between the streets and the housing. The slabs function as street furniture, a membrane between the two different spaces and also creates individual dwelling units.

Lihi Yalin