A significant cultural, architectural and touristic evolution of the urban fabric of one of the world’s most iconic and timelessly beautiful cities has occurred with the opening of the first luxury lifestyle hotel in Jerusalem and Israel: Mamilla Hotel. Located in a remarkable position in the city centre with breath-taking views of the Old City walls, the Tower of David and Jaffa Gate, the Mamilla is a modern, world-class hotel that combines a distinctly international outlook with the unique cultural heritage of this most magnetic, frenetic, incredible city.
The Mamilla Hotel is a quintessentially urban structure – contemporary to the core. It is one of the radically traditional city’s first experiences in contemporary design. Moshe Safdie, the architect who fashioned the hotel’s exteriors, is also behind the rest of the Alrov Mamilla project. His application of Jerusalem Stone emphasises the material’s characteristic shine. Municipal law enforces its use in order to maintain the city’s aesthetic traditions – Safdie revitalises these traditions, allowing the material to breathe naturally while gliding into its contemporary manifestation.
More at: http://www.yossawat.com/2011/08/mamilla-hotel-design-by-piero-lissoni-and-moshe-safdie/