Herzl Street is the heart of the city of Netanya. It begins at Netanya Interchange and the off ramp from Road No.2 on the east, and ends at the seashore promenade on the west. The city hall is the focal point of Herzl Street’s rejuvenation project.
The building is located in a complex of cultural and public structures; each with its own separate square. A public park that surrounds an ancient sycamore tree is hidden behind these buildings. The squares create an urban spectrum that represents the relationship between the public and the individual. Located between these two focal points, the city hall offers a passage from one end of the complex to the other and encourages public use by the splitting of two main masses.
The proposed building is located in the corner of Raziel Street and thus defines an urban square defined by municipal, educational, cultural, commercial and residential structures. It is a city landmark that represents Netanya’s spatial, social and economic qualities. The synergy between the city hall and the city itself is expressed by an open public space that is shared with the neighboring structures. The connection to the historic sycamore landmark is strengthened by the angles of the building that allow for physical and visual contact between the two.