GDS Exhibition by Amos Goldreich Architecture

Amos Goldreich Architecture are designing with the Israel Architecture Archive an exhibition on the works of South African born architect, teacher and freedom fighter Arthur Goldreich (1929–2011) and his professional partner and wife, the interior designer Tamar de Shalit (1932–2009),scion of an early pioneer family in Eretz Israel.

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Consisting of innumerable objects in various media (plans, photographs, drawings, documents), the collection presents the couple’s extensive practice both as a team and individually. Throughout their long careers, their work covered diverse fields of design (graphic and industrial, scenography, costume design), education (of architecture and design), writing and research, drawing and photography.

All the while they engaged in social and political activities. The items at the core of the collection document Goldreich and de Shalit’s continued role in planning and designing public buildings and dwelling units in kibbutzim, convalescent homes and recreation facilities in Israel and abroad, their work for the private and public sectors, and much more. The collection’s impressive scope highlights unusual and fascinating links between the personal and professional biographies of its creators, and Israel’s national, spatial and aesthetic history in the second half of the twentieth century.

It contains documents concerning Goldreich’s political activism in South Africa during the 1950s, against the Apartheid regime and for human rights, as well as records pertaining to his role in founding the Department of Environmental and Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem in the 1970s.

There are documents relating to de Shalit’s work as an interior designer for Government offices, the defence forces and academic institutions, her role in designing the courtroom for the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem in 1961, and more.

Arthur Goldreich and Tamar  de Shalit are parents of Amos Goldreich. 

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Initial concept by Amos Goldreich Architecture

Planning and listed building consent by Amos Goldreich Architecture

Our 'hidden staircase' has just received planning and listed building consent, cleverly integrating three #apartments with an existing #Victorian staircase at the rear of the Grade II #building.



Built as a hotel and located on the south side of Queen’s Gate Terrace, the site was used by the Royal Navy during the 1940s, and subsequently converted into 32 residential apartments. Though this conversion left the staircase as technically shared, in reality it was only accessible via one apartment, and therefore remained totally unused and hidden for over seventy years.

Our approach to the sensitive scheme was to maintain the original integrity, plan form, character, scale, and fabric of the main staircase area, whilst allowing this dramatic and original feature to ‘breathe’ and be rediscovered by the tenants.

This was chiefly achieved through vertical sub-division between units, which is kept to existing landing areas only and thus allows for the majority of the balustrade and main flights to remain exposed.