由Kimmel Eshkolot建筑事务所设计的Check Point大楼位于特拉维夫大学的校园中心，服务于计算机科学学院和面向科学领域的青年集体。这座先进的大楼以集成的像素玻璃立面融入周边环境，犹如漂浮在场地上空，与旁边由马里奥·博塔设计的标志性的辛巴利斯塔犹太教堂及遗产中心（1998）和1960年代修建的精密科学大楼形成对比。Check Point大楼是特拉维夫的多个校园扩建项目之一，其中Kimmel Eshkolot事务所还担任了自然历史博物馆的设计。
Kimmel Eshkolot Architects unveils the Check Point Building for the Faculty of Computer Sciences and for science-oriented youth at Tel Aviv University. Located in the center of the campus, the technologically advanced building adapts to its surroundings with an integrated pixel-glass exterior. As a seemingly floating volume in the campus, it contrasts the adjacent Mario Botta designed iconic Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Center (1998) and the 1960s Faculty of Exact Sciences. The Check Point Building for the Faculty of Computer Sciences and for science-oriented youth joins a list of new university campus additions, including the Kimmel Eshkolot Architects’ designed Steinhardt Museum of Natural History.
▼大楼旁边是由马里奥·博塔设计的标志性的辛巴利斯塔犹太教堂及文化遗产中心，the Check Point Building contrasts the adjacent Mario Botta designed iconic Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Center
Donated by Check Point, an Israeli cybersecurity corporation, the new faculty building is a commitment to academic excellence and the training of a future generation of computer scientists and programmers. The building is designed to enable separation between its two groups of users (University students and youth program), yet encourages informal meetings between them, through the joint use of facilities, such as the auditorium and large classrooms.
The Check Point Building for the Faculty of Computer Sciences and for science-oriented youth is a new type of technology-integrated building with a unique envelope made of pixels of glass that were designed using parametric modeling. This shell was developed specifically for the project, and is an innovative system matching the values that the building represents. Its positioning frames an area to the west of the building, which supports its conversion from a parking lot to a central square in the campus.
▼建筑拥有独特的像素玻璃外墙，the Check Point Building has a unique envelope made of pixels of glass
The development of the unique technology implemented in the academic building had a critical influence on the design process by Kimmel Eshkolot Architects and the final result. The unique architectural language of the building strives to transcend the heavy materiality of buildings to the immaterial virtuality of computers and cloud computing. The building’s exterior appears to be continually changing, from material to reflection, blending with the sky and clouds.
Kimmel Eshkolot事务所的创始人Etan Kimmel表示：“技术往往会为建筑师带来启发，从而实现以往无法实现的想法。在Check Point大楼的项目中，技术不再仅仅为建筑服务，它已经成为了建筑设计理念的一个重要部分。”
“Technology often inspires architects and enables the realization of ideas which were not possible in the past. In the Check Point Building, as well as in our studio’s work on the Memorial Hall of Israel’s Fallen on Mount Herzl, technology no longer merely serves the architecture, but has become an essential part of the architectural idea,” says Etan Kimmel of Kimmel Eshkolot Architects.
▼建筑的西侧设置了一个框景区域，the shell positioning frames an area to the west of the building
The Check Point Building for the Faculty of Computer Sciences and for science-oriented youth’s envelope is characterized by flowing and dynamic geometries, which create a connection between the wings: the Youth Wing and the Common Wing in the lower sections. Both wings converge towards the upper floors and meet at the Computer Science areas. In the middle of the building is the garden patio and Youth Experiment Terrace. Sustainability was a major concern of the firm during the design process. The building comprises shaded and wind-ventilated courtyards, appropriately oriented with respect to sun and wind. Double-skin facades permit ventilation and shading.
The building envelope consists of five types of 40 x 40 cm glass panels that are anchored to the building. The five configurations offer various levels of transparency and reflectivity, designed with parametric modeling with the needs of the users –transparency in the windows and garden areas and sealing in other parts. The more transparent panels can open in a parallel plane to the facade — similar to the door of a bus — creating windows that visually maintain the overall volume, even when open. To blur the appearance of the windows in the whole mass at dark, a lighting system was designed to illuminate specific pixels and make the windows less visible.
▼专门设计的照明系统模糊了窗户的轮廓与边界，a lighting system was designed to illuminate specific pixels and make the windows less visible
▼双层玻璃立面， double-skin facade
The building has a double-skin facade, with the glass pixels creating a ventilated buffer zone. The spaces of the building ‘breathe’ the fresh air that the air-conditioning system sucks from this in-between area. The Check Point building’s interior spaces and circulation system create informal meeting places and open work areas in the common space and central atrium that integrate well with the defined staff rooms and laboratories.
▼夜间立面，facade view by night
▼首层空间示意，ground floor scheme
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
Architects: Kimmel Eshkolot Architects
Project Architects: Etan Kimmel, Limor Amrani, Omri Ron
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Scope: 6,300 SQM
Project Completion: 2019
Client: Tel Aviv University
Structural Engineering: STAR Engineers
Contractors: BUILD UP PROJECTS B.S.T. GROUP LTD, Y. Yankovich LTD
Project Management: Micha Barnea
Landscape Architecture: Zur-Wolf
Lighting Design: Noa Lev
All Photos: Amit Geron