Yerushalayim’s local planning committee approved a modernistic pyramid shaped high-rise planned for the old neighborhood surrounding the Machaneh Yehuda market. The designer, Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind, argued that the pyramid shape will create more open space between buildings and allow more sunlight to bask areas next to it.
The 29 floor building will include apartments, a hotel, a shopping mall and a restaurant. It was initially planned to be 540 feet high, 65 feet higher Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, but reduced to 387 feet due to complaints that an exaggerated height would ruin the city’s skyline. The building’s façade will be constructed of traditional Yerushalayim stone interspaced with glass.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel