There are certain projects that are typified by spatial restraint; by the need to accommodate a multitude of functions or personnel. In such cases, success is measured by how many of the functions have been fulfilled and design issues tend to focus upon delivering solutions. The offices of the Vital Fund offered us an opportunity to concentrate upon creating a different kind of Architecture. Rather than aiming to fulfill specific functions, our objective in the case of Vital was clearly to create an environment that would help to define the character of the company, to inspire alternative uses and to continually redefine its priorities. The client quickly adopted our strategy and chose to invite The Center for African Studies at Ben Gurion University to curate exhibitions within the office. The exhibitions were an instant success and soon the central exhibition space began to draw additional cultural & social activities. Vital became more than an office, it evolved into a new kind of dynamic platform that generates debate and creates a richer mix of social, cultural and economic activities.
This post is also available in: Hebrew