Von Klemperer, Tzur help design Israel's Spiral Tower

Moshe Tzur, James von Klemperer help design The Spiral Tower, which eyes to open as Israel’s tallest tower.
The Spiral Tower will be built on the property where the Beit Yediot Ahronot stood for decades. Photo credit: Azrieli Group

The Azrieli Group, headed by chairperson Danna Azrieli, is developing The Spiral Tower, a mixed-use development in Israel.

The MUD will be built where the Beit Yediot Ahronot stood for decades. The tower will constitute part of the Azrieli Center Complex, which currently includes three towers, a circle, a square and a triangle. The new tower will rise to a height of 350 meters spanning 91 stories and once complete, it will become the tallest building in Israel. This tower will contain commercial, office, residential and hotel space.

Excavation and deep foundation work is already underway at the site, and construction is expected to be complete within six to seven years at an estimated investment of 2.5 billion NIS.

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The tower's planning was entrusted to the Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). Also involved in the property’s development are architect James von Klemperer, president and design principal of KFP, as well as architect Moshe Tzur, owner of Moshe Tzur Architects Ltd., who is serving as the project's Israeli architect.

The Spiral Tower also will have six underground parking levels, covering an area of 45,000 square meters (484,376 square feet), that will be built at the base of the structure, in addition to a commercial floor directly connected to a light-rail line.

As part of the tower's construction, the Azrieli Tel Aviv Mall will receive an addition of 13,000 square meters (139,931 square feet), bringing its total area to 50,000 square meters (538,196 square feet).

The tower was planned and developed in a geometric shape. The main challenge for the initiators and architects was to harmonize the three towers that form Azrieli Center and the new tower. The tower's design takes inspiration from a snail's shell and also draws inspiration from ancient biblical scrolls and the way they unfurl.

The tower's peak will include space for conferences and meetings, recreational space and a 360-degree view of Tel Aviv and the surrounding area.