- Location: Modi’in
- Size: 900,000sq.m.
- Client: Ministry of Construction & Housing
- Year: 1999…
The N site at Modi’in covers an area of approximately 900,000sq.m., located at the eastern section of the town and is designed to contain approximately 1,500 residential units. To its south the site runs adjacent to road 431 which will form the town’s eastern entrance and, to its north and eastern sides, borders on the Wadi Anaba Park.
The challenge in planning this site lay in designing a residential neighborhood while exploiting its special topographics, including characteristic features in the landscape, while creating a clear system of roads to connect its various elements.
A linear shaped hill, in the form of a saddle, is located at the center of the site which itself forms a type of “island” disconnected from its surroundings by roads and hollows leading to Park Anaba.
An analysis of the topography and of the neighborhood relationships resulted in the design of N site being a reversal of the typical Modi’in urban scheme which uses the wide vales between the hills to house the towns public buildings.
The central length was designed as a type of hippodrome in the center of the neighborhood and as the “heart” of the site, containing its civic activities. It includes an activity park, educational institutions and commerce, with apartment buildings at each end. The educational institutions and neighborhood play areas are dispersed in the most advantageous way with sidewalks and lanes extending from the center to the periphery.
A clear set of thoroughfares has been designed with roads 1 and 2 forming the main links to the most important functions. These are connected to the remaining streets leading to the neighborhood which are fitted with a traffic speed reduction system.
Residential blocks follow the topography and the profile of the site with hi-rise buildings located at the center of the neighborhood. 3-5 story structures follow the route of the streets in a manner appropriate to hilly areas containing terraced housing. The eastern areas on the slopes of the site contain private homes and gardens.
Several elements specific to the site have been developed to contribute towards it special character: a park on the northern side which blends with the natural Park Anaba; Reservation Park developed close to the entrance to the neighborhood contains a copse of ancient trees and provides access to the natural park on the eastern side; design and development of a comprehensive high school with sports grounds, which will also serve the local residents, sited on the slopes of the wadi.