Flowers Hill (HaYovel Garden), Herzliya, 2020

ABOUT

Gan Hayovel is a 9,000 square meter urban nature preserve situated in Herzliya, a suburb north of Tel Aviv. Over the decades, as vistas of rolling limestone hills and orange groves were replaced by new construction, one hill remained an underdeveloped natural habitat; for local residents, this hill was known as “Giv’at Ha’prachim” (the Flower Hill), renowned for the colorful eruption of wildflowers during the spring months. 
In 2015, the city of Herzliya approached REED in order to design an urban nature park on this unique spot ; a place inviting exploration and discovery as well as the unmediated experience of nature in an urban environment. 
Three main objectives emerged from a participatory planning process initiated together with the local community: a) to safeguard the natural habitat; b) to enhance the accessibility of the park, particularly for senior residents living in the adjacent retirement home; and c) to develop additional recreational areas for the broader community. 

 

The Design
A concrete walkway surrounds the central grassland area of the park, amplifying the contrast between the natural habitat and the activity areas. Along the walkway, an open-air museum was created, inspired by local knowledge - a senior academic entomologist who lives in the neighborhood. An Adventure Forest was created in an existing grove of olive and cherub trees, to which delicately sculpted tree trunks and processed bamboo planks were added, thus nullifying the need for a conventional playground. 
The park exemplifies a sensitive development approach where exceptional care was given to the preservation of the existing habitat and trees. Natural areas impacted by development work were restored with local plants and seeds collected from the garden, and unique elements and sitting corners were created to enhance opportunities for intimacy, solitude, and reflection.

Kiryat Sefer Park - Photo Album
INFO.

Status: In Progress

Years: 2015-

Size: 9.5 Dunam

REED Lead Arch: Ofer Cohen

                             Yaron Zelnik

                             Moran Brisker

Client: Herzliya Development     

Company

Project Manager: Noam Gatt, Zamir -

Gatt Engineering

Custom carpentry: KNEKASH, Ori Greenberg

Agronomist: Tal Glikman


Ecologist: Aviv Avisar


Graphic Designer: Ofer Kotler

Irrigation: Tova Levinov

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