Mamilla Center
Jerusalem, Israel
The master plan and phased build-out of Mamilla Center is located at the center of Jerusalem’s old and new cities. Safdie began his involvement with its rebuilding in 1972 with an urban design framework and has continued to guide Mamilla’s transformation with the gradual development and design of housing, retail, two hotels, a bus terminal, underground parking, apartments, offices, and a network of public spaces. The master plan called for recreating a park in the historic Valley of Hinnom. On the south bank are 250 residential units and a 385-room hotel; on the north bank is a bus terminal, public parking for 1600 vehicles, and a two-level pedestrian shopping street with 300,000 square feet of retail space as well as apartments, offices, and a second hotel. Bridging the seam between old and new Jerusalem, Mamilla succeeds as the physical and cultural manifestation of an open society. The street organizes a diverse program that traverses the city, bringing people together and unifying previously separate districts.    
 
View of Mamilla Center with David Citadel in foreground_Image by Timothy Hursley
View of Mamilla Center_Image by Timothy Hursley
Multi-layered retail corridor_Image by Ardon Bar Hama
Street view at night_Image by Timothy Hursley
Mamilla Center_Image by Ardon Bar Hama
Pedestrian street_Image by Timothy Hursley
Grand scaircase_Image by Timothy Hursley
Mamilla Center and Old City Wall_Image by Ardon Bar Hama
Night view, old city wall in background_Image by Timothy Hursley

With a designated developer in 1986, Safdie was retained to undertake all building on the site. In 1994, the development team was expanded to undertake the next stage of building, including the Mamilla Hilton and the residential and commercial sectors. Consideration for the historic character of the area, as well as detailed market, economic, and transportation analyses were integral parts of the planning process. With the housing, hospitality, commercial, and open space components now in place, Center balances historic structures with the design of new buildings, emphasizing the street as a crossroads and connector.
Davids Village_View towards Mercaz Shimshon_Image by Michal Ronnen Safdie
Davids Village_View through arches downresidential street_Image by Timothy Hursley
David Citadel Hotel_Aerial view_Image by Ardon Bar Hama
David Citadel Hotel_Front facade at night_Image by Ardon Bar Hama
David Citadel Hotel_Interior view towards old city_Image by Ardon Bar Hama
David Citadel Hotel_Interior_Image by Ardon Bar Hama
Mamilla Center
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Mamilla Center

Completed: Master Plan: 1972-1986 Residential (phase 1, David’s Village): 1993 Bus terminal and parking: 1995 Mamilla Hilton: 1995 Commercial di Read More
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