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Ben goldstein / about

was born in 1985 in the city of Holon, Israel. Growing up in Holon (little sand), surrounded by the landscapes of great dunes, has shaped my youth. The city has transformed throughout the years from a sleepy suburb into a leading design center. New neighbourhoods and iconic public buildings replaced the random architecture created by sand and wind. From age 18 to 21, I served as a soldier in the Israeli air-force headquarters. During this period I was introduced to a different sort of architecture, the invisible, underground and hidden army buildings, in which the concept of time and space receive a new meaning. My passion towards the local surrounding and the regional history has been a major source of inspiration for my latest designs. Alongside the attempt to translate lifestyle, fashion, and cinema, into an architectural oeuvre, I utilize different art media. Through my designs I wish to integrate shadows and lights, natural simplicity and local rhythm to package my philosophy of luxury within intelligent functionality.

Ben goldstein / Curriculum vitae contact: Itzhak Elhanan 6a, Tel-Aviv, Israel +972 (0) 547-95-91-93 goldstein.benji@gmail.com Education B.Arch. - Azrieli School of Architecture, Tel-Aviv University, 2009 - 2013 Excellency in conservation & urban renewal studio 3rd year Excellency in public building studio 2nd year Eylon high school, Holon, 1998 - 2004 Gifted class program, major in science and Math Work experience Active collaboration with the multi-disciplinary artist Honi Hameagel, 2006 - present Including: Performance Artists Association: member of the creative team and responsible for new-media Video editing and research assistant 2007 - present Self-learning of video editing and building a coordinated documentation to support artist work Psychoanalysis - Hitchcock VS Freud - Tel-Aviv cinematheque (research and video editing), 2010 The Degenerates festival - Tel-Aviv cinematheque, 2006-10 Neveh-Tzedek 120 years festival - Suzan Dalal centre for dance and theatre, video art, 2008 40 Years Anniversary to Victory, collective exhibitions - Janco-Dada museum, Ein-Hod, video Art, 2007 Smartut, multi-disciplinary art group, dance and theatre performances Photographer, video editing, project management 2007-12 Art and journalist photo portrait, set design including video, music licence negotiation Unlimited, solo exhibition, photography, The station, 2010 The wedding, theatre play, LGBT centre TLV, 2010 Military service - First Sergeant, Hotam unit, Air Force headquarters - Tel-Aviv, 2005 - 2008 Skills Softwares: Fully proficient with MS OFFICE Productive on Adobe - Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign/Premier Modelling and mapping on AutoCAD and SketchUp Languages: Hebrew - Mother tongue English - fluent French - superior academic level

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/ final project / 5th year / Azrieli school of Architecture / Tel-Aviv university

ike in many other coastal towns worldwide, the promenade functions as an intensive urban axis as well as a dominant platform for an inventory of activities, spontaneous as well as multi-participant. The project attempts to reconnect the city with the sea by creating a unique event on the promenade and thus maximize the coastal experience.

The Dolphinarium complex, planned by Nahum Zolotov, was built at the end of the 70s. The program included a 1400 seats amphitheater, auditorium, dolphin pools, aquariums, 30 retail spaces and restaurants.

The main structural element is the snake which is composed of 30 stores. This element, creates an introverted building and functions as a barrier between the city and the sea. The fact, that the main snake shape element with its white concrete stripe is at the same time an obstacle, required few modifications. While re-using this element, I wish to transform it from a barrier to a multiple entrance gate which will enable passage through, in and on the building. The two main structures floating above the existing building are in contrast to the existing curves. Each of them is three floors in height and contains various functions.
Superposition of the additional volumes Existing building / New extension

Multi passagability

The structures are composed of white stripes, referring to the original buildings geometry and aesthetics. In fact, the main strategy was to extend the building by using its original geometry, expanding it, and thus creating a wider architectural event. These stripes perform as different architectural elements ramps, rails, walls or beams and have an important role in the design of the facade system. Due to its unique location, the site aggregates an inventory of activities happening in the park, in the the city, on the beach and in the sea. Correspondence with the surrounding elements of SEA-CITYBEACH-PARK has been a major factor towards composing a programmatic list. The building attempts to function as a platform for the surrounding activities, either personal/spontaneous or organized and multi-participant. Hosting In addition, a sport centre (including a gym, a pool and a spa) and a public a variety of water sport activities Olympic pool - set in an amphitheatre, were added to the programmatic alongside the chill-out scene of the list. ATogether with the sport facilities - cafes, restaurants and retail spaces Drummers beach. complete the seaside experience.

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Alongside creating a platform for the local sport/beach activities, an alternative form of accommodation was developed. The urban-camping offers a low cost opportunity for short term stay in a prime location on the seaside. An infrastructure of wooden stages (2x2m) and partial concrete/wood walls function as abstract furniture. In the same way we use rocks and trees as improvised furniture when camping in nature. Each of these units can be rented by an individual for the use of camping. Placing his tent or hammock on a wooden stage and settling down. On the ground level, around the inner courtyard, and on the original buildings roof top, one can rent short term living units. These units, 20 in total, offer an up-

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In between the units, giant planters are placed, containing climber plants and other vegetation. These provide privacy to the users and emphasize the outdoors atmosphere. Besides being an affordable solution for travellers, this concept creates a versatile platform, which enables the happening of fairs, exhibition and other cultural public events. The amphitheatre uses the topographical gap between the land level and the water level. One part of it is a public amphitheatre overlooking the sea, and the other part is an untraditional amphitheatre offering wide terraces for tanning chairs and sprawling, for the enjoyment of the Olympic pool users. Despite the fact that a canal separates the two parts of the multi-usage amphitheatre, it has the potential of hosting concerts and performances on its whole area. The rock seawall is integrated with the platform using the buildings curved line continuing the architectural geometry.

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promenade pause

/ final project / 5th year / Azrieli school of Architecture / Tel-Aviv university

In order to expand the coastal event beyond the boundaries of the Dolphinarium structure itself, I included the nearby surfing pavilion. The curvy geometry applied, reconnects the pavilion to the complex using the stripes as giant beams. As part of its integration with the surrounding, the roof level creates an incline towards the promenade and performs as an observation point.

Being composed of the horizontal concrete stripes, the facade performs endless composition between the curves and the surface. These external elements control the shading on the facade and might function as a second skin which shade curtain wall. The diagrams on the right present several cases of the facade system: creation of external passages, balconies, light exposure control and a package of the total design.

Besides their function as shading elements of the buildings facade, the concrete stripes wrap the different parts of the building - the existing Dolphinarium, the new volumes and the new pavilion. Their connection is performed by the curved concrete beams, consoling or based on columns. In between the beams, membranes are tensioned creating a shade sail structure which provides shaded areas on the ground floor. Creating those wide open shaded spaces was primarily meant to recreate a convenient condition for the Drummers beach scene, and for the upcoming events.

Zolotov, the architect and the initiator of the Dolphinarium, asked to plan a building in Tel-Aviv which reveals the beauty of the underwater world - a fantasy of sea creatures caged in glass tanks. The main actors were the Dolphins, sharks and sea lions whilst here, the fantastic intersection between the city and the sea, recreates a wide architectural experience in which the users are the performers. This complex performs as a microcosm of leisure, encapsulating a variety of activities. This world of fantasy brings the coastal and urban experience to a peak of visual and architectural festivity.

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INDIVIDUAL HABITAT / HOUSING UNIT STUDIO / 3rd year - 2nd semester / Azrieli school of Architecture / Tel-Aviv university

hallenging the conventions of the living units, as we are familiar with and the banality of the dwelling systems were the main goals in this studio. Understanding that in order to make a change in architecture, we must first free our living spaces from their familiar templates. The issue of dwelling raises various questions regarding how we choose to live our lives. Changes in the family unit require the development of a housing unit, appropriate for either single parent families, gay couples, couples without children or for a single individual. I chose to study and plan a single man apartment which doesnt function as a temporary bachelor pad, but as a dwelling for a person who chooses to live alone. The idea of a dwelling unit planned for a single individual and the identity reconstruction of the different spaces which assemble a home, led me to start a dialog with myself considering and understanding the ideal volumes for the main domestic activities.

Bedroom Study Bath

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The in between volumes, appear not only in the apartment scale but also in the tower scale and contains the main circulations, construction and other public functions. The following pages present the plans and section of 3 floors (contains 4 different apartment types) out of the 30 floors tower.

The model above and its following plan present an organization of the living spaces, each with its unique parameters of size, height and level. In order to free each space, which is dedicated to different domestic activity, from its secondary uses, I created the in between volumes (the thick grey lines in the plan) which function as furniture, storage, access, circulation or passage.

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INDIVIDUAL HABITAT / HOUSING UNIT STUDIO / 3rd year - 2nd semester

/ Azrieli school of Architecture / Tel-Aviv university

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/ HOUSING UNIT STUDIO / 3rd year - 2nd semester / Azrieli school of Architecture / Tel-Aviv university

At the top of the tower I chose to place an apartment that maximizes the parameters presented in the abstract unit model. Its location, at the peak of the tower, as the existent of super spacious apartments in towers, is displayed as a critique for an existing phenomenon. Understanding that the dialog and the searching for a different dwelling culture is an endless process, I have wondered if and where such a tower exist, or shall it remain as ones luxurious fantasy. It can possibly exist in every modern city: New-York, London, Tel-Aviv or Shanghai, reflecting the forlorn capitalistic existence. Or to be placed, he alone, as its residents, in the wide open space of the crater.

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he project deals with a complex of public spaces, including a sport center facility and a swimming pool combining 40 dwelling units. Due to its Location, between Jaffa and Tel-Aviv, in a mixed neighbourhood, communal sport-oriented spaces were added to the complex for the use of the local community. In addition a new alternative street crosses the project replacing the former alley, overlooking a lower garden.

/ mIXED-USE STUDIO / 4th year - 2nd semester / Azrieli school of Architecture / Tel-Aviv university

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A Existing position Two buildings with a narrow street in between B Suggested position Minimal ground floor footprint Provide the local community an extra public space. C Topography scheme Moderate incline leads us from the public square to a public garden below the street level. D Verticaling scheme The ground floor continues vertically and implies its form and functions on a living wall that houses communal activities.

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/ mIXED-USE STUDIO / 4th year - 2nd semester / Azrieli school of Architecture / Tel-Aviv university

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Residencial foyer Sport center reception Sport center foyer Fitness equipment store The alternative street

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A Spa B Pool C Gym D Apartments E Cafeteria F Alternative street G Fitness Studio H Lower garden
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SPORT CENTER SWIMMING POOL DWELLING

/ mIXED-USE STUDIO / 4th year - 2nd semester / Azrieli school of Architecture / Tel-Aviv university

The vertical wall carries the alternative sport oriented volumes and the circulation system which connects them to the sport center facilities and to the street level. These volumes are offered to the local community for sport activities organization, supported by the services provided by the main sport center building. In addition, the concrete wall enables passage from the Avni Arts school which is located behind the site and provides the students a terrace as well as access to the cafeteria. The facade consists of modular units with a center pivot that functions either as windows (partial opening) or doors (maximal opening). The facade system, enables passage, brings in air and light and exposes the entire pool volume to the outside. The units control the exposure of the public facilities as well as the apartments, to day light using a material catalog which consists of glass, wood louvers and aluminium panels. The different elements appear on the facade coincidentally, giving the apartments and the sport center a homogeneous appearance.

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School of environmental studies / conservation and urban renewal / 3rd year - 1st semester / Azrieli school of Architecture / Tel-Aviv univer-

mm al-Fahm is an Arab city in the district of Haifa in Israel. The ancient city center is very dense and is characterized with old stone houses from the 19th century, sharp inclines and narrow streets. The old houses are typical examples of the Arabic village house and therefore constitute a significant part of the Palestinian Heritage. Since 1984, when Umm al-Fahm was declared as a city, it has been under constant expansion. The natural increase and the lack of planning created an urban chaos and slowly the old city center was abandoned and neglected. The studio, in cooperation with the local municipality, attempts to bring urban renewal and conservation of the historical houses by reusing them as branches of the future Palestinian university and thus revitalize the old center.

Studying the building and its transformation through the years has been an influential process towards planning. A detailed document file was prepared, including the history of the building, the architectural details, recreation of the original plans etc. Its preparation required the usage of topographical maps, historical pictures and aerial photos from past decades (A), in order to reveal the metamorphosis of the building. The complex houses a 5 generations family and consists of different layers from different eras (B). In the past, it was used as an important meeting place for the Mahamid clan. But by the time as the family expanded the village stone houses (which were originally single room units) and their yards were covered with concrete extensions. Only by entering the complex, massive stone walls are revealed, and groin vault spaces (C/D) are being discovered.

In order to uncover and preserve the historical houses, a decision was made to separate the modern part of the complex from its original parts and reveal the stone facades with its former entrances. By this act I could restore the Kasbah fabric with its courts (as seen from the old aerial photos) and recreate a more considerate oldnew connection. The separation enables the pedestrian, not only the student but the local inhabitant, to explore a new urban passage which displays a piece of the local history.

A 19th century ground floor plan B Current ground floor plan C Proposed ground floor plan

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School of environmental studies / conservation and urban renewal / 3rd year - 1st semester / Azrieli school of Architecture / Tel-Aviv university

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A multi-level bridge connects the main circulation with the western part of the complex and creates a sensitive connection between the new building and the historical rooms. Made out of steel girders and wooden carriageway, the bridge connects the western and eastern wings of the building at the first, second and the roof floors. The details below display the connection between the bridge system and one of the historical rooms.

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Section B - B The facade is inspired by the Kizan building technique (A), common in the local Arab architecture. The Kizan use Amphorae (ceramic containers) to build light walls which enable entry of sunlight and air and creates privacy. The facade is composed of prefabricated white concrete panels installed on a steel construction (B), creating a second skin for the building. This contemporary Mashrabiya was designed using a matrix affected by the facade openings facing south.
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youth guidance center / EDUCaTIONAL studio / 2nd year - 2nd semester / Azrieli school of Architecture / Tel-Aviv university The program includes various study units and others spaces serving the youth center, combining public functions such as cafes, galleries and shops, which integrate into the surrounding urban fabric. A new street crosses the site with a square in its middle, serving both the public and the students, creating the alternative environment of this educational center.

he Youth Guidance Center is designed for young people in the early stages of their lives and functions as an alternative education institution. The center provides an opportunity for these young people who dropped out of different pedagogical institutions, to be exposed to a different learning environment.

The conceptual models present a relationship between a material and a mold. While maintaining a regular order, a grid which represents the homogeneous learning environment, a new material is being cast to mediate between the man and the rigid frame. The duet between the plaster drops and the 3D grids displays different situations in which the boundaries of a space blur and disappears.

The clay model enables to examine a variety of situations and encounters between modular units, six cubic meters in size, and the artificial topography. An inventory of situations allows to examine proximity, multiple and merger of units as well as dramatic collisions between the ground and the structure. The model manipulates the topography as an elastic mass which supports, wraps and penetrates the structure.

Ben Goldstein
Architecture & Design www.goldsteinben.com
+972 (0) 547 959193

goldstein.benji@gmail.com