architecture,  landscape,  planning  _  based on research on the relationships between people and lands.

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"He brought me out into the expanse.  He rescued me for he delighted in me."   (Psalms 18:19)

s--r  _  shelter_expanse  is a research and design studio based in tel aviv-jaffa, founded by Matanya Sack and Uri Reicher in 2012.   

 

We specialise in integrative buildings and open spaces, based on research on the relationships between people and lands - structures and ecosystems, politics and myths.

Architects, landscape architects and planners work together on every project, combined with technical expertise by parametric modelling, gis, ecology and agronomy, together with theoretical, historical and applied research. Our work ranges from lightweight structures to spatial visions, from public spaces to fields, from gardens to nature reserves. 

Current projects include :  

buildings, landscape, and vision for Jerusalem's national museum hill  _  

offices for Hiriya recycling park  _  

urban public spaces for Holon design museum and Jerusalem performance arts campus  _  

restoration of wadis in the northern Negev  _  

an agricultural masterplan for the Bedouin town Ar'ara  _  

landscape masterplan for 4000 hectares north of Haifa, including the reclamation of Israel's largest and most polluting industrical site _

regional planning for the conservation of the Mediterranean coastal cliffs  _  

research on agriculture and settlement.

Clients include some of Israel's largest municipalities (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Be'er Sheva and Haifa), goverment agencies (Israel Land Authority), and developers. Our work has been published in media such as The Architectural Review, WIRED, Domus, Abitare, Haaretz. 

Matanya is also an assistant professor at the faculty of architecture and town planning in the Technion, Haifa, where she founded and leads LandBasics programme. the territorial landscape design studio deals with fundamental issues in the Israeli landscape space through research-based design.

 

We wish to bring together structural, sustainable, performative design methodologies,

with an approach that is always mythical, historical, political.

the team

Matanya Sack is an architect and landscape architect. She holds a degree in architecture from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (B.Arch, 2005), and a Masters degree in Advanced Studies in landscape from the ETH, Zurich (MAS LA, 2008), where she graduated with the highest distinction. Her Thesis project from ETH won the ASLA Award of Excellence (first prize,2009). 
Matanya is also an Assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning in the Technion, Haifa, where she founded and leads studio LandBasics. The studio deals with fundamental issues in the israeli landscape space through research-based design.
Between 2005 - 2007, she worked as an architect at Naama Malis Architecture and Urban Design on large scale public and residential projects. In 2008, as a landscape architect at Vogt Landschaftarchitekten, Zurich, she worked on the renovation of historic urban public squares and mixed-used developments.

Uri Reicher is an architect. He holds a degree in architecture from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (B.Arch, 2005), where he graduated with Honours in History and Theory.
Uri has worked for six years with Foster + Partners, in which he was responsible for designs such as the ecological cladding for Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona; a multi-purpose concert hall for Maestro Valery Gergiev, and a hotel in Mayfair. 
As an Associate, Uri was leading a team of 15 architects on projects such as the renovation of the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, combining gallery design, concert hall, historic building retrofitting, and landscape design; and a luxury mixed-use development in Shanghai, including a hotel for BVLGARI.

Architecture, planning, and specialists :

Landscape architecture :

Gagu Eshet                       TAU, 2004. 

Daniel Guerstein              Technion

Melanie Rud                      UTDT, Buenos Aires, 2015.
Shlomit Wartenburg        UWE, Bristol, 2008.

Eliane Sack                         Art History, TAU, 2008.

Shiri Biran                      Technion, 2009.
Rachel Dilmanian        Technion, 2006.
Yeela Gundar               Technion, 2015.
Amos Katz                     Rupin, 2014.
Michal Wollner             Technion, 2016.

 

integrative methodology

 

selected works

 

public buildings and open spaces

 

museum district, jerusalem

vision, buildings and landscape  _  22 dunams  _  2018-Ongoing  _  Client: The Jerusalem Development Authority

 

Headquarters for Hiriya Recycling Park

650 m2  _ 2018-ongoing  _  Client: Dan Region Association of Towns, Hiriya Recycling Park

forest memorial

Gvar'am memorial  _  competition proposal  _  2018  _  with nahum tevet

Shelters, on a hill

Earth buildings in an orchard, Mitzpe Ramon City Hall  _  competition, third place  _  2200 m2  _  2016  _  Client: Mitzpe Ramon Municipality  _  with WAWA-Green Buildings Consultants

out into - sway

A light-weight structure _  Sydney, Australia  _  200m2  _  2013-2015  _  Client: SCAF – Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation  _  With Liat Muller and Eyal Zur.

A Station in the Mountains

Proposal for a Tourist Centre in the Jerusalem Mountains  _  12 dunams _ 2014-2016  _  Client: Mesilat Zion

common water,  edge of desert

Initiative and design proposal of the first regional swimming centre for the Negev Bedouin community  _  Rahat  _  40 dunams  _  2013-2014  _  client: Rahat municipality.

 

A Station on a Promenade

Paz Gan Station and Cafe, Tel Aviv-Jaffa  _  Invited Competition proposal  _  200m2  _  2014  _  Client: Paz Oil Company

 

Covered Bridge

Salford, England _ competition proposal _ 2013  _  Client: Salford City Council

A Bridge in an Orchard

Israeli Pavilion for EXPO Milan 2015  _  competition, second place  _  2000m2  _  2013  _  client: Ministry of External Affairs  _  with Liat Muller.

Two shelters, by a lake

Academic pavilions  _  competition proposal  _  2012

A Court and an Hall, on a Hill

National Library of Israel  _  Jerusalem _ Competition proposal _ 2012

A Court and an Hall, by a River - YORKREATIVE

Restoration and buildings in York Guildhall and Boatyard  _  international RIBA competition finalist  _  2012  _  with SEC JV.

 

A Public Cover, by the Lake

Visitors Centre, Hula Lake Park  _  competition, second stage _ 2010  _  Client: Jewish National Fund  _  With Rebecca Sternberg – MEGAMA

Two Stations, by a Road

Studies for highway service areas  _  Highway 6  _  10 dunams _ 2009-2010  _  Client: Private

residential and workplaces

Karlibach 14 Clinic

Tel Aviv-Jaffa   _ 2017  _  Client: Private

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rooms

UNESCO Heritage Building Extension  _  Tel Aviv-Jaffa _ 200sqm  _  2009-2010  _  Client: Private

 

urban public spaces

 

ponds square and buildings, on a Plain

Design museum Holon and mediatech square  _  winning competition proposal  _  2018-ongoing  _  client: Holon municipality.

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Maquis Square, on a Mountain 

Public open spaces for the Jerusalem Performing Arts Campus (Sam Spiegel and Nissan Nativ)

Jerusalem _ 3000 m2 _ 2014-Ongoing  _  Client: Jerusalem Municipality  _  Architecture: Efrat-Kowalsky Architects

 

central square,  park neighborhood

Quarter Plaza  _  Be’er Sheva _ 8600m2 _ 2016-Ongoing – analysis and conceptual stage

Client: Be’er Sheva Municipality

entrance square,  park neighborhood

Quarter Plaza  _  Be’er Sheva _ 8600m2 _ 2016-Ongoing – analysis and conceptual stage

Client: Be’er Sheva Municipality

Lod  City Hall Square Renovation

Lod City Center _ 4000 m2  _ 2017  _  Client: Calcalit Lod

Grove Square

Ha’etrog Market  _  Tel Aviv _ 3000m2_ 2016-Ongoing – permits pending  _  Client: Fogller Holdings LTD  _  Architecture: Pivko Architects

streets and promenades

Green Streets, on a Plain, Edge of the Desert

Be’er Sheva _ 230 dunams _ 2016-Ongoing  _  Client: Be’er Sheva Municipality

 

Green Streets, on the Hills, Edge of the Desert

Be’er Sheva _ 510 dunams _ 2016-Ongoing  _  Client: Be’er Sheva Municipality

two avenues,  park neighborhood

Be’er Sheva _ 12 dunams _ 2016-Ongoing  _  Client: Be’er Sheva Municipality

 

Wadi Promenade

Be’er Sheva _ 40 dunams _ 2016-Ongoing  _  Client: Be’er Sheva Municipality

 

green blue path

green infrastructure promenade, street section  _  Bat Yam _ 250m2_ 2009-2010  _  Client: Bat Yam Municipality

 

a path,  between two ridges

CERN Campus – Entrance Square and Route de Meyrin  _  Meyrin, Geneva   _ International competition, second stage _ 2011  _  Client: CERN - The European Organization for Nuclear Research.

 

Coastal Promenade and Ecological Fountain

Hadassah Neurim Youth Village _ 500 meters length _ 2013  _  Client: Hadassah Neurim Youth Village

parks​ and gardens

 

​Ravine Park,   park neighborhood

Be’er Sheva _ 28 dunams _ 2016-Ongoing  _  Client: Be’er Sheva Municipality

 

Agricultural Maquis Park,  park neighborhood

Be'er Sheva _ 92 dunams _ 2016-Ongoing  _  Client: Be’er Sheva Municipality

 

linear grove park,  park neighborhood

be'er sheva  _  80 dunams  _  2016-ongoing  _  client :  be'er sheva municipality

north be'er sheva park - wadi, orchards, hill

Be'er Sheva _ 900 dunams _ 2016-Ongoing  _  Client: Be’er Sheva Municipality

 

​water garden

Mitzpe Ramon _ 1500 m2 _ 2017-Ongoing  _  Client: Mitzpe Ramon Municipality, JNF USA

florentine square garden

Tel Aviv-Jaffa  _  3 dunams  _  2017-Ongoing  _  Client: Trigo, Cityel

 

twelve neighborhood gardens,  park neighborhood :

four ring gardens

plain  _  hill

rooms  _  paths

walls  _  circles / soil

orchard  _  sky

Be’er Sheva _ 2-12 dunams each _ 2016-Ongoing  _  Client: Be’er Sheva Municipality

 

Urban Gardens Network

Be’er Sheva _ 220 dunams _ 2016-Ongoing  _  Client: Be’er Sheva Municipality

south garden

Be’er Sheva  _  11 dunams  _  2014 - 2018 _  Client: Be’er Sheva Municipality

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Coastal Park

Tel Aviv-Jaffa _ competition proposal _ 2016  _  client: Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality  _  with Maya Zohar

Desert Ecological Park for an Elephant Shelter

Kibbutz Nahal Oz _ 140 dunams _ 2012  _  Client: Kibbutz Nahal Oz

 

Episodes Landscape

Valdebebas Park  _  Madrid, Spain  _  competition proposal  _  2009  _  Client: Madrid municipality.

The Mound in the Plain

Reclamation of Hiriya Landfill  _  international competition - Honours Prize  _  8000 dunams  _  2004  _  client: Bracha Foundation  _  with Megama.

 

landscape restoration

 
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The Mill on the Mountain

Restoration of Malkiya Mill  _  Kibbutz Malkiya _ 4.6 dunams _ 2015-Ongoing _  Client: Kibbutz Malkiya, Galil Elion Regional Council, The Quarries Rehabilitation Fund.

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Wadi Floods

Restoration of Kovshim Stream  _  Be’er Sheva _ 370 dunams  _  2016-ongoing  _  client: Shikma Besor Drainage Authority.

 

Restoration of Beqa Stream

Be’er Sheva _ 80 dunams _ 2016-Ongoing _ Client: Shikma Besor Drainage Authority

 

 

regional urbanism,  urban renewal,  vision and policies

 

Masterplan for Bedouin Agriculture

Arara Banegev _ 1850 dunams _ 2017-Ongoing  _  Client: Arara Banegev Municipality

East Rehovot Neighborhood​

Rehovot  _  competition proposal  _  2018  _  with Ari Cohen Architects

Tel Aviv’s Old Central Bus Station planning analysis

Tel Aviv-Jaffa _ 35 dunams _ 2016  _  Client: Shikun & Binui, Levinstein

A Ring, Between River and Sea

Urban renewal of Yarkoni Peninsula  _  Tel Aviv-Jaffa _ Invited competition _ 2014  _  Client: Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality  _  with Senan Abdelkadr and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects

A Village by the Sea

Vision and Master-plan for a National Technological Education Centre  _  Hadassah Neurim Youth Village _ 420 dunams _ 2012-2014  _  Client: Hadassah Neurim Youth Village

 

Hill Quarter

The Governmental and Cultural Quarter  _  Jerusalem _ Competition - Honors Prize _ 2010  _  Client: Jerusalem Municipality

 

landscape urbanism and renewal

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Haifa Bay

4000 ha (100,000 residential units, 750ha open spaces)  _  2018  _  client: Haifa municipality, Israel Land Authority (ILA)  _  architects: Yaar-Korin.

Nehariya 2040

Nehariya _ 1000 dunams _ 2018-Ongoing  _  Client: Israel Land Authority (ILA), Nehariya Municipality  _  Architects: Yaar-Korin.

 

Haifa bay -area 2

Haifa _ 1000 dunams _ 2019-Ongoing  _  Client: Israel Land Authority (ILA), Haifa Municipality  _  Architects: Yaar-Korin.

Haifa bay - Havat HaMechalim, Kiryat Haim Stadium

Haifa _ 770 dunams _ 2016-Ongoing  _  Client: Israel Land Authority (ILA), Haifa Municipality  _  Architects: Naama Malis Architects and Urban Planners

 

Kfar Saba, North

Kfar Saba _ 900 dunams _ 2014-Ongoing – advanced design stage  _  Client: Israel Land Authority (ILA), Kfar Saba Municipality  _  Architects: Yaar-Korin

Kfar Saba, East

Kfar Saba _ 2019-Ongoing – advanced design stage  _  Client: Israel Land Authority (ILA), Kfar Saba Municipality  _  Architects: Yaar-Korin

 

A Neighborhood on a Plain, Edge of Desert

Be’er Sheva River Park Neighborhood  _  Be’er Sheva _ 1,100 dunams _ 2013-2016  _  Client: Israel Land Authority (ILA), Be’er Sheva Municipality  _  Architects: Yaar-Korin

 

A Neighborhood by a Wadi, Edge of Desert

Be’er Sheva, North Neighborhood  _  Be’er Sheva _ 3,500 dunams _ 2014-2017  _  Client: Israel Land Authority (ILA), Be’er Sheva Municipality  _  Architects: Naama Malis Architects and Urban Planners

 

Kiryat Gat, West

Kiryat Gat _ 3,500 dunams _ 2014-2017  _  Client: Israel Land Authority (ILA), Kiryat Gat Municipality  _  Architects: Yaar-Korin

 

Tur'an, North

Tur'an _ 370 dunams _ 2014-2017  _  Client: Israel Land Authority (ILA), Tur'an Municipality  _  Architects: Yaar-Korin

Urban Restoration of the Jesse Cohen Neighborhood

Holon _ 2014  _  Client: Holon Municipality  _  Architects: Yaar-Korin

 

Landscape Masterplan for Offices and Linear Park

Tiberias _ 2013-2016  _  Client: Tiberias Municipality  _  Architects: Yaar-Korin

 

Ahuzat Barak Quarter

470 dunams _ 2015  _  Client: Israel Land Authority (ILA)  _  Architects: Yaar-Korin

An Industry by a Valley

Urban restoration of the Egoz Quarter  _  Tiberias _ 650 dunams  _  2013  _  Client: Israel Land Authority (ILA), Tiberias Municipality  _  Architects: Yaar-Korin

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Ramat Hasharon West Quarter and Metropolitan Park  _  Ramat Hasharon _ 3,700 dunams _ 2012-Ongoing  _  Client: Israel Land Authority (ILA), Ramat Hasharon Municipality  _  Architects: Yaar-Korin

regional planning

 

Landscape for Bnei Shimon Regional Council

Bnei Shimon Regional Council  _  2019-ongoing  _  Client :  Bnei Shimon Regional Council, National Planning Administration  _  with Lerman-Ben Shoshan

Viewing the Changes of the Land :  Masterplan for Aeolionite Coastal Cliffs

Hadera, Emek Hefer, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Bat Yam _ 2016-2018  _  Client: The National Company for the Protection of the Coastal Cliffs

Regional analysis of future geo-political scenarios

2015-2016  _  Client: Various NGOs

Analysis and representation for TAMA 35 – National Outline Plan

Israel _ 2005-2006  _  Client: Ministry of Interior  _  With: Rebecca Sternberg – MEGAMA

Interaction and more

 
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A Musical Landscape

Linear orchestra of wireless robotic darbuka drums  _  Bat Yam _ 2010  _  Client: Bat Yam Municipality  _  with Assaf Talmudi, Jonathan Rubin, Liat Segal

Moveable Feasts :  urban shading, for a garden

Holon _ Invited Competition proposal _ 2013  _  Client: Holon Design Museum

 

Furniture and art installation design

Herzliya _ 2015  _  Client: Private  _  with Liat Muller

research

 

Paths to the Village

Research on future scenarios for rural regions _  2017

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Switching Trajectories in the Rhine Delta

ASLA 2009 Student Awards  -  Award of Excellence

Matanya Sack and Liesl Vanautgaerden  _  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland   _  faculty advisors: Christophe Girot and Sebastien Marot

 

more coming soon

education

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landbasics​

territorial landscape design studio, technion, haifa

more coming soon

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