Tel-Gezer

Stairs descend to water plan of the fortified Canaanite city-state/ Tel-Gezer / Israel / 2015

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The stairs leading to the water plan were planned in order to "skip" on the ancient steps  in order to see them on one hand, and on the other hand to let people down in a safely. The plan is a trapezoidal form that gives an opportunity to sit before descending in order to hear explanations and to give a sensation of its length. For people climbing upstairs the ascend looks shorter. In the bottom there is an opportunity to go around the water basin and enjoy the space around it.


Gezer, or Tel Gezer (Hebrew: גֶּזֶר‬)(also Tell el-Jezer) is an archaeological site in the foothills of the Judaean Mountains at the border of the Shfela region roughly midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It is now an Israeli national park. In the Hebrew Bible, Gezer is associated with Joshua and Solomon.


It became a major fortified Canaanite city-state in the first half of the 2nd millennium BCE. It was later destroyed by fire and rebuilt. The Amarna letters mention kings of Gezer swearing loyalty to the Egyptian Pharaoh.[1]Its importance was due in part to the strategic position it held at the crossroads of the ancient coastal trade route linking Egypt with Syria, Anatolia and Mesopotamia, and the road to Jerusalem and Jericho, both important trade routes.


 

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    The stairs leading to the water plan were planned in order to "skip" on the ancient steps  in order to see them on one hand, and on the other hand to let people down in a safely. The plan is a trapezoidal form that gives an opportunity to sit before descending in order to hear explanations and to give a sensation of its length. For people climbing upstairs the ascend looks shorter. In the bottom there is an opportunity to go around the water basin and enjoy the space around...

    Project details
    • Year 2015
    • Main structure Steel
    • Client Nature and Parks Israel Authority
    • Status Current works
    • Type Parks, Public Gardens / Landscape/territorial planning / Monuments / Recovery/Restoration of Historic Buildings
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