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HaTachana (Old Railway Station) Park Jaffa-Tel Aviv

Atarim Group, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality
Images: Bruck Creative Company, public domain, courtesy of Atarim Group
Project Profile
Project Scope:
Strategy and Planning
Year of Project Launch:
How does the project help the city?
Public Buildings, Culture, Community, Recreation and Leisure, History and Heritage, Public Spaces, Parks

The Challenge

The Old Railway Station complex between Jaffa and Tel Aviv, which was renovated more than a decade ago, has struggled to thrive over the years, suffering from low demand and demarcation that limited accessibility and connection to the city’s residents. Transferring the management of the complex to Atarim, evacuating the adjacent Collection Houses Museum, opening the Railway Park, and launching the light rail’s Red Line station (“Elifelet Station”) all came together as an historic opportunity to change the perception of utilization and movement in this space. As stated, this was after decades of functioning as a closed urban buffer area.


Our Role

As part of the concept of “tactical urbanism” and inspired by case studies from leading cities around the world, we formulated a strategic plan that defines a new vision for the space. It includes changing the mix within the buildings, developing the Temporary Use approach in the vacated museum area, and connecting the space to the city in a continuous and natural way. The plan offered unique tools that enable proper and gradual business and community development of the space, reuse, and optimal utilization of existing buildings as part of principles of sustainability, and encourages something exciting: innovative and creative urban experimentation.

To this end, we carried out, together with Atarim and the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality, an in-depth study and a strategic process in which we examined the area in all its aspects against the needs of the various communities in the area. This stage is intended to create targeted solutions for people who live, work, and visit the area, with an eye to both history and future developments.

The plan we formulated establishes principles of empowering public-facing character and day-to-day usability of buildings, creating a connecting urban continuum (rather than a series of stand-alone “complexes”), developing the public space through tactical planning tools and soft interventions, empowering local communities, and creating fertile ground for the realization of the long-term future plan.

The planning vision, which is called “HaTachana Park” – a natural urban park that connects to the heart of the city — defines a continuum of public spaces between the city and the sea: from “Park HaMesila”, above the light rail’s Red Line, to “HaTachana Park” to Charles Clore Park and the coastal strip, with a natural connection between Jaffa and Tel Aviv. In addition, this vision provides room for values of sustainability, urban and community authenticity, based on actual needs. all the while making the best use of what currently exists, as is, at the location.

The Impact

  • New connections have been opened on all sides of the park and continue to open gradually, making the park a continuous part of the city.
  • Passerby traffic within the Station area has increased by hundreds of percent.
  • Business demand and interest have grown tremendously, and new and quality local businesses have opened and continue to open. This means that the visitor population is also changing, with the base becoming much more local – in accordance with the goals of the program.
  • The mix among the buildings has become much more diverse, and now includes public and communal uses of a public (and not just commercial) nature.
  • Planning phase one has been completed, including the development of public space and accessible and inviting soft interventions. The Collection House Museum has finished vacating, the plans have been approved, and are currently awaiting approval from the Israel Authority to carry out Phase two of the plan: connecting the area from the Park to the sea.