Mass Timber Design for Cancer Centre

20 February 2024

Sectional perspective of the SZMC ‘butterfly’ cancer centre. 

(Israel) Jerusalem SZMC ‘butterfly’ cancer centre was designed by Farrow Partners from Canada.  Readers may recall the principal, Tye Farrow delivered an architectural lecture series in New Zealand and Australia in 2023. The typology resembles traditional courtyard houses and neighbourhoods of Jerusalem and the region. 

A typical private house might have a small garden and fountain at its centre, surrounded by ceremonial and private rooms. In other cases, individuals and families shared their private living quarters with other families around a common courtyard space. Similarly, late nineteenth and early twentieth century Jewish courtyard neighbourhoods were built in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that created housing for extended families and close but unrelated community members. 

Individual apartments were generally modest in size, with the large courtyard housing communal components, such as sitting areas, gardens, a neighbourhood cistern, laundry, and a large oven for Shabbat meals.

Farrow’s collaborators are Rubinstein Ofer Architects, Aspect Structural Engineers, Enartec, Programming Architecture, and Wiehag timber fabrication 

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