First International Bank Tower
|This article is outdated. (November 2010)|
|First International Bank Tower|
|Location||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Roof||132 m (433 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Pei Cobb Freed & Partners,
Amnon Bar Or Architects
At 132 meters in height over 32 floors, the tower is Israel's fourteenth tallest building. It was designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Nir-Kuts Architects, and Amnon Bar Or Architects, inspired by the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, which was designed by the same firm. Construction of the tower began in early 2003, after the plans were approved in October 2002. The plans were restricted in height due to the need to preserve and rebuild two historical neighbouring low-rises of the Buahaus architectural style which has given the White City its UNESCO World Heritage Status. Included in scheme is a public plaza on Rothschild Boulevard. The main occupant of the tower is the First International Bank of Israel.
The design of the tower consists of 5 equilateral triangular prisms, set on top of each other at different heights, creating 3 large balconies for the building users. Each prism ends after 8 stories at a different height, referencing to the heights of adjacent buildings and monuments.