The project will bring together many various units of the Israel Electric Corporation –scattered throughout different locations in central Israel – into one large and economical complex. The new construction will save costs, eliminate redundancies and redirect units, which are currently located on costly properties.
The Electric Corporation’s flagship project is designed to incorporate the corporation’s most valuable division and units of the central and southern districts. It will include a plethora of functions such as: offices, operations, training, laboratories, logistics, workshops, a Data Center, control rooms and welfare facilities.
The site’s close proximity to main traffic routes and future train station, taken together with the functionality of electricity generation, led the design to express dynamism and flowing movement, which corresponds with the plot’s shape and the language it creates. The design emphasizes the buildings appearance both during the day and at night, and the fact that it is observed mostly from vehicles rather than by pedestrians.
The project includes a building with three wings and a basement floor, which includes a data center, as well as a separate building housing the site’s workshop.
The main building is composed of two arching segments on different levels, which are placed one after the other and populate most of the project’s office spaces. These segments are built over two lower orthogonal wings, which act as the project’s foundations and make optimal use of the plot’s attributes.
Dividing the building into wings answered the need for separation between office and operational spaces and helped create an optimal spatial alignment, which is easily worked out and understood. The lower west wing includes welfare facilities, auditorium, gym, synagogue and events hall. The lower east wing houses the operational area and includes laboratories and the Electric Corporation’s central logistics warehouse.
The project also includes a major data center and control rooms.
The eastern site’s logistical nature necessitated the separation of movement for different types of vehicles as well as the allocation of large parking areas, both for private, operational and heavy vehicles. These parking lots were located in areas that are not intended for construction – under power lines located on the site.
The use of natural lighting and proper airing in all office spaces, as well as certain sustainable construction elements, were implemented in order to create a pleasant, supportive and encouraging work environment.
Future-forward thinking guided the design of the main building, allowing maximal flexibility for the implementation of any future changes while emphasizing the most optimal gross/net ratios.