Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
© Uzi Porat

JACK, JOSEPH AND MORTON MANDEL INNOVATION CENTER

Auerbach Halevy Architects

CATEGORY
Research Center, Educational Architecture

LOCATION
Yeruham, Israel

AREA
1800 m²

YEAR
2020

PHOTOGRAPHS
Uzi Porat

MANUFACTURERS
AutoDesk, Aspen, FAMO, Fantoni, INCLASS, Leds-C4, Noti, Nowy Styl Group, Prolicht, B. one, BRIGHT, Basotect, Ecophon, Mohawk Group, Siniat, Sitland

LEAD ARCHITECTS
Ori Rotem, Rittenberg

DESIGN TEAM
Ori Halevy, Tatyana Abigail Pesin, Noam Muskal, Tomme Omer.

CLIENTS
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center; The New Yeruham Fund; MindCet; The Center for Educational Technology (CET)

ENGINEERING
Livni Engineers Limited

LANDSCAPE
Tal Roseman Landscaper

THERMAL INSULATION
Gold Engineering

CONSULTANTS
Uri Joseph Safety Engineering

PLUMBING
A.V. Consulting Engineers Limited

ELECTRICAL
Barabash Orlan Electrical Engineers Limited

SOIL & FOUNDATION ENGINEER
Zelio Diamandi

MECHANICAL
H.R.V.A.C. Consulting Engineering Co. Ltd.

ROADS AND TRAFFIC
Avi Boydak

ALUMINUM
Gil Ornan Architect Building Envelope Consultant

SURVEY
M. Zohar Engineering Limited

Located in the Negev desert with its yellowish limestone hills, the skyline of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center is reminiscent of a Bedouin tent that are still present in this area. The juxtaposition of the town of Yeruham and the starkness of the Negev was one of the visual inspirations for the building's envelope and its interior colors.

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
© Uzi Porat
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
© Uzi Porat

The poured in place architectural concrete roof is stretched and folded above and over the interior working and activity spaces to create a sheltered, well lit, comfortable interior environment. Fully glazed and shaded street-facing façade reinforces Mandel center's values ​​of openness, inclusion, and transparency.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center is home to MindCet a Ed-Tech innovation center which brings together entrepreneurs, educators, and researchers to develop innovative groundbreaking educational learning and distance learning solutions based technology.

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
© Uzi Porat
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
© Uzi Porat

MindCet is recognized globally in the Ed-Tech field, with various activities including entrepreneurship and accelerator programs, R&D with a specific focus, and meaningful dialogue with Teachers, Students & Schools.

Completed at the end of 2019 the project includes innovation hub, working spaces, maker laboratory, experimental classroom, visitor and exhibition spaces, multifunctional auditorium and event space, cafeteria, and support spaces.

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
© Uzi Porat
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
© Uzi Porat

A visitor to this 1,800 sqm concrete tent with its hovering volumetric column-free spaces would discover multiple colorful, free-standing, enclosed cubes that house functions such as classroom, maker space, and meeting rooms.

Requiring a higher level of acoustical privacy, these colorful cubes also serve as space separators creating smaller more personalized work zones within the larger volume. This unique design was able to successfully synthesize in one building many opposing contrasts such as, bright, harsh desert environment and a sheltered, comfortable, and shaded interior. Open, gracious public spaces with private secluded private work areas.

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
© Uzi Porat
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
© Uzi Porat

Grayish, rough, moody concrete with warm, colorful, lively finishes and materials.

The use of concrete as a primary material was selected because of its common use and wide range applications. The material is well suited for a remote location whereby complex technical solutions may be hard to find and expensive to achieve.

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
© Uzi Porat
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
© Uzi Porat

Man-made, plastic, fluid; the versatility of reinforced concrete is most evident when the structural system is demonstrated openly and the finish and methods of its construction are articulated on its finished surfaces. Spatial qualities are achieved by combining structure materiality and gravity.

Like an arch's powerful aesthetic in its simplicity and clarity of purpose, the malleability of concrete and its ability to take on plastic form was an ideal material for use in the desert giving the Mandel Center of Innovation an elegant presence and dignity of material and form.

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
© Uzi Porat
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
© Uzi Porat

We believe the result is an expression of innovation through design, a reflection of transparency, simplicity and a sense of place and purpose for the new Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center as outlined in the project initial project brief.


Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
Section 01
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
Section 02
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
Section 03
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
Wall Sections


Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
Plan
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
Over View


Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
Elevation 01
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
Elevation 02
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Innovation Center
Elevation 03

Auerbach Halevy Architects
T +972 3 5465557 F +972 3 5445950
Auerbach Halevy Architects
Ha-Yotsrim St 3, Lod, Lobby A, 5Th Floor Shiraz Building, Airport City, P.O.B 1122, 7019802, Israel