Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Project on Echad HaAm Str.
This morning I toured my next project: Echad HaAm Str. 13, Tel Aviv, Bank LeumiBldg., in the very epi-center of Israel's Wall Street. From inside, the bluiding is shocking. The building blocks are corroded and crumbling, the concrete is almost sand stone and the iron rods inside are totally corroded and visible. The first floor has been reinforced with large iron bars, but it seems to me that the first small earthquake or rocket attack will cause to collapse the whole ancient structure. I am not structural engineer so it is only an impression. The sewage piping is an absurd system of old and new pipes, with two rainwater pumping stations (at ten meter distance), a pump on an empty drum for sewage (it is impossible to know that it pumps and where), there are hundreds of water pipes and dozens of unapproachable water meters. My opinion is to dismantle and destroy all the piping and build a well planned (by me, who else) new system. But owners love to save Neolithic pipes from their deserved place in the museum and love to think they are saving half a kopeyka by not replacing old pipes.