HIGHLIGHT: MOSHE SAFDIE

HIGHLIGHT: MOSHE SAFDIE

Moshe Safdie, (July 14, 1938) is an Israeli-Canadian architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author. Over a celebrated 50-year career, Safdie has explored the essential principles of socially responsible design with a distinct visual language. A citizen of Israel, Canada and the United States, Moshe Safdie graduated from McGill University. After apprenticing with Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia, Safdie returned to Montréal to oversee the master plan for the 1967 World Exhibition. In 1964 he established his own firm to realize Habitat ’67, an adaptation of his undergraduate thesis and a turning point in modern architecture.

Moshe Safdie’s works are known for their dramatic curves, arrays of geometric patterns, use of windows, and key placement of open and green spaces. His writings and designs stress the need to create meaningful, vital, and inclusive spaces that enhance community, with special attention to the essence of a particular locale, geography, and culture.

A self-described modernist, Safdie’s global practice includes projects in North and South America, the Middle East, the developing world and throughout Asia and Australia. Projects span a wide range of typologies, including airports, museums, performing arts, libraries, housing, mixed use and entire cities.

Habitat ’67

Montréal, Québec, 1967

Habitat was the major theme exhibition of the 1967 Montreal World Exposition. As a landmark demonstration project, it pioneered a vision for urban housing using the technology of pre-fabricated construction. As a break-through building type that continues to resonate today, Habitat seeks to create a vital neighborhood with open spaces, garden terraces and many other amenities typically reserved for the single-family home, now adapted to a high density city environment.

David’s Village

Jerusalem, Israel, 1998

David’s Village is a residential community sitting on the south bank of Hinome Valley in Mamilla Center. Totaling 200 units, the terraced luxury apartments overlook the city wall and follow the natural topography of the site. The Village includes uniquely designed bridge units that span over pedestrian walkways and gardens with hidden below grade car park areas. The new buildings are carefully woven into the historic city fabric.

Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum

Jerusalem, Israel, 2005

The Museum is located on Mount Herzl, the Mount of Remembrance. To preserve the pastoral character of the delicate site and respond to the needs of Yad Vashem, the “body” of the Museum is hidden within the earth, only allowing the elongated central spine to break through the earth and convey a sense of its true scale. Replacing the original building from 1957, the Holocaust History Museum includes a new reception building (Mevoah), a Hall of Names, a synagogue, galleries for Holocaust art, an exhibitions pavilion, and a learning and visual center. The main spine of the museum is a 650 foot long triangular prism that cuts through the slope of Mount Herzl, penetrating from the south and emerging to the north, towards Jerusalem. A network of skylit underground galleries lines both sides of the prism.

Mamilla Hotel – Mamilla Center

Mamilla District, Jerusalem, Israel, 2008

Bridging the seam between old and new Jerusalem, Mamilla succeeds as the physical and cultural manifestation of an open society. The street organizes a diverse program that traverses the city, bringing people together and unifying previously separate districts.

The Mamilla Hotel is part of the larger design for Mamilla Center, a central business and mixed-use district in Jerusalem. The hotel is designed to fit within the surrounding historic neighborhood context rising out of a network of alleys which connect the walled and the new cities of Jerusalem.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Kansas City, Missouri, 2011

The Kauffman Center has enlivened and accelerated the redevelopment of a transitional downtown neighborhood by drawing the public and celebrating interaction among arts groups and patrons. Sited along an escarpment, the center takes advantage of the topography with the two halls connected by a single grand foyer in the form of an expansive glazed porch contained by a glass, tent-like structure, offering sweeping views outward over the city to the south.

Khalsa Heritage Centre

Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India, 2011

Clad with local sandstone, the Khalsa Heritage Centre evokes the fortress cities of Rajasthan, Gwalior and Punjab, The upwardly curving roofs of the museum’s tower-like galleries are covered in stainless steel, designed in counterpoint to the rich tradition of gold domes that crown sacred local buildings such as the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Marina Bay Sands Resort and ArtScience Museum

Singapore, 2011

As part of the continuous necklace of waterfront development and activities, the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort forms a gateway to the city. The diverse components of the complex are woven into a clear network of pedestrian thoroughfares and public meeting places. It’s planning is inspired by great Roman cities with strong spinal organizations that become the focus of civic life.

The Artscience Museum located along the Marina Bay Sands waterfront co-locates exhibits that bridge the relationship between Arts and Sciences. The museum is organized as two major exhibition spaces, positioned around a central open-space atrium. The first exhibits hover within a sculpturally shaped form over the promenade, and a second collection of gallery spaces are located beneath a large water lily garden.

Jewel Changi Airport

Singapore, 2018

“Jewel weaves together an experience of nature and the marketplace, dramatically asserting the idea of the airport as an uplifting and vibrant urban center, engaging travelers, visitors and residents, and echoing Singapore’s reputation as ‘The City in the Garden’.” -Moshe Safdie

Fulfilling its mission as a connector between the existing terminals, Jewel combines two environments—an intense marketplace and a paradise garden—to create a new community-centric typology as the heart, and soul, of Changi Airport. Jewel re-imagines the center of an airport as a major public realm attraction. It offers a range of facilities for landside airport operations, indoor gardens, leisure attractions, retail offerings and hotel facilities, all under one roof. A distinctive dome-shaped façade made of glass and steel adds to Changi Airport’s appeal as one of the world’s leading air hubs.

Source: safdiearchitects.com

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