The Kirya Tower
Kirya Tower within Tel Aviv
|Location||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Roof||158 m (518 ft)|
|Floor area||110,000 m2 (1,200,000 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
Kirya Tower (also known as the HaYovel Tower) is a skyscraper in Tel Aviv, Israel. At 158 m (42 floors), it is the sixth tallest building in Israel. Construction was completed in 2005 on land previously belonging to the IDF HaKirya base. The tower is located near the Tel Aviv's tallest skyscraper cluster, the Azrieli Center complex, and is occupied largely by government offices. The consolidation of many of these offices in the tower, which were previously spread out all over the Tel Aviv district, allowed the release of a considerable amount of high-value government land to private development, as well as introducing efficiencies from housing many government functions under one roof. The tower has a helipad on its roof. It was originally planned to have 28 floors for government functions only, with the additional 14 floors being approved during construction. 13 of these top floors were approved for use by private sector offices, and the top 11 floors have floor-to ceiling windows. An external elevator serves the uppermost floors, and an underpass connects the building with the tower's underground parking. The rent being paid by the government is $16/square metre per month for the next 20 years.
The design of the building, which used postmodern architecture, was led by Peleg Architects. The building is mostly made of concrete, however the its facade consists of such materials as granite, glass and aluminium, which were colored in dark green. The exterior walls of floors above 31 are fully glazed from floor to ceiling.