Continuing our search for the coolest buildings in the world, architecture studio Penda has just released images for a new residential tower in Tel Aviv and it is stunning. Referencing the city’s legacy of Bauhaus architecture, the Tel Aviv Arcades features a facades made of modular archways and terraces.

Penda Unveil Plans for Stunning Modular Tower in Tel Aviv

Salzburg and Beijing-based studio Penda has revealed plans for a 116-metre-high new high-rise building in Israel. Named Tel Aviv Arcades, the design shows alternating setbacks which will provide residents with garden terraces or secluded private balconies.

According to Penda, the building will reference masonry found in Tel Aviv’s old town with hand-laid brickwork. The city has a rich architectural history thanks to many German-Jewish architects settling in Tel Aviv during WWII. This famed repetition of straight lines and curves echoes the 1930s buildings that earned the city UNESCO World Heritage status.


The modular design of the new building means that construction costs and disruption to everyday life can be minimised by prefabricating much of it off site. Once constructed, residents will find a repeating pattern which creates a ‘tessellation of cascading archways’. The terraces created will provide alternating shady and sunny spots for residents to enjoy.


The Tel Aviv Arcade will be 18 floors high, with apartments ranging in size from one to four bedrooms. Penthouses will naturally have ceilings double the height of standard apartments. At the foot of the tower, a ‘cave-like’ area will house a swimming pool, spa area and community spaces. A restaurant will also be located on the second floor.

The Tel Aviv Arcade is due to begin construction in 2019. Find out more at the Penda Website.


Last month, Zaha Hadid unveiled their latest project in the Morpheus Hotel in Macau, China, which features three punctured holes in its geometric façade.



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