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Octave TLV

University and public structure

Tel-Aviv, Israel

10,000 sqm

The Faculty of Architecture is a building that challenges the design world through a connection of innovation and technology to the environment and the city. The location near the urban Square, invites the public in and creates a movement between the city and the building, wandering through the building reinforces the concept of the "Brownian movement" that we compare to the student movement inside the faculty - as particles moving randomly inside an orderly built structure. The ability to surprise on the one hand, both in the program and in the sights and on the other hand to design an absolute grid of 6X6, allows complete flexibility between the spaces, expanding them to large working spaces or reducing them back to the formal and basic studio classes.  What defines architecture studies in 2020? A more transparent and dynamic way of learning. Without a frontal lecturer or walls full of sheets, more of a three-dimensional, innovative, complex, and modular environment. The tension between the expected and the unexpected, and between the exterior and the interior, blurs the boundaries of the structure. The modular grid allows dynamism and flexibility to the interior spaces according to the changing needs of the faculty. This principle indicates the development of the horizontal and vertical sections, while the stairs movement produces an internal diagonal section that functions as a common space for students and infuses natural light into the heart of the building.  The grid is also the building construction base, that is scattered by steel columns that transmit the rhythm of the structure to the facade. Furthermore, The beams running through the ceilings are also arranged according to the grid. In designing the facade we planned to use columns with solar panels that respond to the course of the sun during the day and bring shading in a structure that reduces the hot temperature. The design of the facade is part of the concept and the motivation to produce a building that stores energy and saves electricity. The lighting reinforces the building movement and illuminates the rhythm within it. In order to get the modular feel of the spaces in the facade, we took lighting tests to simulate a situation where at any given moment the spaces look floating. We believe that architecture students need a dynamic, technological and flexible environment. The Octave is a building with these virtues that communicates with the environment and echoes in the city of Tel Aviv.