Building architect: Clifford Holliday; Interior design: DZL – David Lebenthal Architects, 2015
A visit at the offices of the Takwin venture capital fund in the Lower City, which are located in an International Style office building that is part of the Holliday Façade designed by the British architect, Clifford Holliday, in the 1930’s. It was constructed after the Ha’atzmaut Road strip (formerly called Kingsway) was drained, creating the longest façade of a government building in the Middle East at the time. The building has a number of International Style features, such as horizontal windows and rounded corners. The interior spaces of the building now house the offices of the Takwin venture capital fund, which invests in startup companies run by Arabs entrepreneurs, as well as Takwin Labs that hosts some of the companies in the fund’s portfolio. The offices include individual workspaces and coworking spaces, whose unconventional design is based on a simple, recurring element: birch panels that serve as partitions, desks and facings.