The 2014 Design Award Competition Winner: Teddy Park in Jerusalem

Teddy Park in Jerusalem won the sought-after Design Award for 2014, receiving special praise in the category of urban planning.

The award is conferred each year in the framework of the nationwide Design and Planning Competition conducted by the Ministry of Construction & Housing, the Israeli Architects Association, the Israel Association of City Engineers, the Technion in Haifa and others. This is the only Jerusalem project in all categories that has been awarded a prize by the prestigious panel of judges comprised of well-known architects and academics.

On the foothills of the Old City and beside the Artists Colony in the city center, Teddy Park opened its gates to the public one year ago and has since become one of the city's most popular attractions. Part of Mitchell Park within the National Garden forming a basin surrounding the Old City, the park stretches over an area of 2.7 acres. The park honors the memory of the legendary Mayor of Jerusalem and Founder of the Jerusalem Foundation Teddy Kollek, via eight stations telling Teddy's life story.

In the heart of the park is the innovative Sylvia Hassenfeld Family Fountain, Israel's first sound and light water fountain, which is surrounded by spectators of all ages and backgrounds each evening. The park's Kenneth and Ann Bialkin Visitor's Center is open daily free of charge, featuring a 3D hologram film presented within a glass pyramid, a unique model of Jerusalem and photographs telling Teddy’s story and the history of the development of modern Jerusalem during his tenure as Mayor.

Among Teddy Park's pathways, squares and other landscaped areas, one can find Sharp Square,  the Azrieli Promenade, the Historic Building - JNF Canada,  the globe-shaped Center of the World Sculpture,  the Crown Family Central Avenue & Waterway, the Walton Avenue Flower Bed, the Freedman-Leboff Families Reflection Area, the Sonshine Canadian Wall of Honor, the Walton Avenue Foundation Grove,  the Klabin Family Grove, the Model Family Sun Dial, the  Judith Wilf Garden Plaza,  the Bernard & Audre Rapoport Family Garden Terraces, the Dan Hotels & Federmann Family Wishing Well, the Leir Gate, the Lou Edelstein Gate, the Etel & Benjamin Wolf z"l Gate, a natural amphitheater and the Jerusalem Foundation Wall of Honor, honoring those who made significant contributions to Jerusalem.

Many projects from throughout the country competed for this award. The Jerusalem Foundation's Architect Roi Singer, who nominated Teddy Park for the Design and Planning Competition, says: "The judges were impressed with the fact that the park transformed the area into "a bustling, democratic urban center open to Jerusalemites and visitors from all sectors of society. This is remarkable and we hope other cities and towns will follow its example."

For more information, contact Liat, the Jerusalem Foundation: 052-8980191