Jerusalem has approved a new, mixed-use pyramid designed by Studio Libeskind in conjunction with local architect Yigal Levi
Rising 105 metres above the ground, the 26-storey building will feature apartments, a boutique hotel, retail, restaurants and a rooftop observatory from which the public can view the historic city. The tapered form of the pyramid was chosen by the designers as it allows maximum light to fall on the public plaza below creates ample open space surrounding the structure. "The Pyramid mediates between ancient traditions and myths, while providing a 21st century reinterpretation of that great form," said architect Daniel Libeskind. "The design complements the context and gives the neighborhood a vibrant public space in the heart of the ancient city," added Libeskind.
The Pyramid will be located adjacent to the Mahane Yehuda market, commonly known as "The Shuk", in the heart of the city. The complex historic context of the area was taken into account when designing the structure. References to Jerusalem’s existing architectural language have been made through the facade that features a geometric pattern comprised of Jerusalem stone and glass, while at street-level, an arched colonnade connects the public plaza to the inner shopping arcade. Construction on the project will begin in 2019.