Reuse of an abandoned quarry Caesarea

Typology Park and Metropolitan Visitor Center

Location of Caesarea. Israel

Area 500 dunams

* As part of the TMA office - urban space planning

The quarry park is divided into six activity areas:

  • The enabling guest house that was in nature. The buildings are designed so that the ecological continuum continues and incorporate the existing horse farm. In addition, a research center and conferences and activities in nature such as camping, treatments, etc. are offered.

  • In the Sand Hedgehog room there is an emphasis on turning the sand into rock and the biological life in it. This room has a monumental quarry wall with the southern turn green and the western turn arid. The ramp that ascends allows for a changing experience along the wall and allows observation from above.

  • The ant mound brings together the most sporty and intense activities such as mountain biking, abseiling and sand surfing. The motif and story of the ant is a connecting thread between the various activities and includes a maze in which the world of the ant is enlarged to the size of a child.

  • Bird Lake was born with the help of groundwater pumping and compounding of the compound. The sides of the walls that surround the lake are treated to encourage nesting of a variety of bird species. A small cafe structure, accompanies the waterfront, with disappearing stepping stones for catchy games. This is where the encounters between nature and man are created.

  • The field of butterflies is the largest open space cell in the complex. This field allows for a research area where gathering areas, classrooms, an open field for research and more are located. The compound is planted with sand trees such as Eshel and eucalyptus and is enriched with cultivated trees such as carob, fig and sycamore. In addition, a vineyard and growing areas are offered for agricultural research.

  • The reserve is a protected and protected area, which strengthens and enables the preservation of the continuum of open areas and ecological corridors.