Are pyramids making a comeback? The city of Paris recently approved a triangle-shaped building designed by Swiss practice Herzog & de Meuron that stirred controversy from residents. Now, the city of Jerusalem gave a pyramid-shaped building by Daniel Libeskind the go-ahead, Dezeen reports.
The mixed-use, 26-story building will have a height of around 345 feet, just 53 feet shorter than the city’s tallest, Holyland Tower 1. It will have space for 200 luxury apartments, a boutique hotel, a rooftop restaurant, and an observatory.
The main materials used for the façade will be Jerusalem stone and glass.
Planned to be centrally located, next to the Mahane Yehuda market, Libeskind said he hopes the tower can represent mediation between ancient traditions and myths with the modern and new.
"The design complements the context and gives the neighbourhood a vibrant public space in the heart of the ancient city," he says.
A 3,251-sf plaza at the tower’s base will provide a public gathering spot. "With its many amenities and public spaces, the pyramid is set to become an integral part of the neighbourhood, servicing citizens and tourists alike," Studio Libeskind told Dezeen.