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The Holon City Square: Culture and Service Center

The Municipality of Holon requests information (RFI) from entrepreneurs to establish Holon's City Square Culture and Service Center
the full text of the application.

The Holon's City Square Culture and Service Center will include a new city hall building, a concert hall, (to be named after Pinhas Eylon, Holon's second mayor, who served for 34 years), a commercial center, office and residential towers, and a central plaza.

The new city square was designed by two Dutch firms -- Vera Yanvshtchinsky Architecten BV, and BINT, along with Setter Architects of Ramat Gan. The design team were the winners of the 2010 international Ayalon competition. The competition, which was launched in May 2010, was sponsored by the Holon Municipality and the Israeli Architects Association.  It attracted a number of top architecture firms from both Israel and abroad. The winners were announced in November 2010, and the prizes were awarded the following month by Mayor Moti Sasson at a ceremony held at the Mediatheque.
The winning firms received a cash prize of NIS 50,000. The second prize, NIS 30,000, was presented to Ada Karmi Melamed Architects, Tel Aviv. The third prize, NIS 20,000, was awarded Zarhy Architects Ltd., also of Tel Aviv.
Also attending the ceremony were Hana Hertsman, Holon's general manager, employees of the city's Engineering Department, Professor Gilad Haran, a grandson of the late mayor Eylon, architect Dan Eitan, who chaired the judging panel, and Dutch Ambassador to Israel Michiel den Hond. 
"It is well known that we in Holon place much emphasis on the urban and aesthetic infrastructures of our city and aim at being innovative in the field of architecture," said Sasson. "For this reason, when we decided to build the new service and culture center in Holon, we held an international competition, to allow the best architects in the world to submit their models so we could select the best one."

Prior to the ceremony, an exhibition featuring the 34 models submitted for consideration. The judges thoroughly examined the models for three days. 
The panel of judges comprised:
Architect Dan Eitan, chairman
Mrs. Hana Hertsman, Holon general manager – judge.
Architect Mimi Peleg, the city engineer – judge
Architect Pnina Kol, city architect – judge
Architect Rachel Ramati – judge
Architect Amir Man – judge
Architect Haim Dotan – judge
Prof. Gilad Haran, representative of the Eylon family -- judge
Architect Arieh Gonen, panel secretary

As the winning project was selected, the planning process with the winning companies will begin. The zoning scheme will be updated accordingly and new construction guidelines for the different building of the complex will be set. These days, the winners are beginning to plan the new complex.                                                                                                           

Presentation of the prizes to the winners The exhibition of submitted projects The Project location at the corner of Barkat & Golda Meir Street



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The winning project – 3D image during nighttime

The winning project – 3D image during daytime