Ashkelon Waterfront

Client: City of Ashkelon Location: Ashkelon, Israel Date: 2023 Status: in progress

The city of Ashkelon (pop. 230,000 and growing) is stretched along the Mediterranean Sea with 8 km long beautiful beaches. Yet the city is totally disconnected from its shores by a wide undeveloped strip of land. This area was planned in a 1980’s aiming to develop large hotel projects with an exaggerated program of 10,000 hotel rooms, that has never been realized. The few hotels that were built have been gradually deserted. This deserted area is crying for a change – a transformation that will evoke significant urban rehabilitation, far and beyond this strip.

The plan is divided to two sections, with the existing marina in between- a 30 year old development that has hardly survived.

The south, main section (170 acre): Our plan calls for the making of urban fabric that never existed there: new streets and a central boulevard connecting the city with the se promenade. A vivid area with mixed uses, 5,000 residential units, continuous active facades with retail and cafes etc. and small hotels all facing the sea. Most of the site is planned with midrise “fabric” buildings while a row of residential hi-rises is placed at the rear line.

The north section (70 acre): On this narrower strip of land we propose a new promenade along the existing shore park with a new urban frontage of mixed housing and hotel uses and commercial colonade facing the sea. Green open spaces in between the new buildings are all interconnected to the public park along the sea and the road to the east.

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Ashkelon Waterfront

Client: City of Ashkelon Location: Ashkelon, Israel Date: 2023 Status: in progress

The city of Ashkelon (pop. 230,000 and growing) is stretched along the Mediterranean Sea with 8 km long beautiful beaches. Yet the city is totally disconnected from its shores by a wide undeveloped strip of land. This area was planned in a 1980’s aiming to develop large hotel projects with an exaggerated program of 10,000 hotel rooms, that has never been realized. The few hotels that were built have been gradually deserted. This deserted area is crying for a change – a transformation that will evoke significant urban rehabilitation, far and beyond this strip.

The plan is divided to two sections, with the existing marina in between- a 30 year old development that has hardly survived.

The south, main section (170 acre): Our plan calls for the making of urban fabric that never existed there: new streets and a central boulevard connecting the city with the se promenade. A vivid area with mixed uses, 5,000 residential units, continuous active facades with retail and cafes etc. and small hotels all facing the sea. Most of the site is planned with midrise “fabric” buildings while a row of residential hi-rises is placed at the rear line.

The north section (70 acre): On this narrower strip of land we propose a new promenade along the existing shore park with a new urban frontage of mixed housing and hotel uses and commercial colonade facing the sea. Green open spaces in between the new buildings are all interconnected to the public park along the sea and the road to the east.