Architects Ganit Mayslits Kassif and Udi Kassif honored in European Biennial of Landscape Architecture held in Barcelona, after competing against 470 European projects
BARCELONA – The European Biennial of Landscape Architecture which was held in Barcelona over the weekend awarded the Tel Aviv Port project with the first prize out of no less than 470 projects around Europe. The project was chosen unanimously by a panel of judges and a voting audience.
Architects Ganit Mayslits Kassif and Udi Kassif of Mayslits Kassif Architects who desgined the port recieved the award. It is the most prestigious and esteemed European award in the field of landscape architecture. Thus is the first time an Israeli project has ever won the award.
The two architects developed the project between 2003-2008 commissioned by the Marine Trust in collaboration with the Tel Aviv Municipality. The site has since become a popular favorite among many Israelis.
“We are literally pinching ourselves to make sure this is not a dream,” Mayslits Kassif told Yedioth Ahronoth on Saturday, moments after the award was announced. “We were up against amazing projects by the world’s best architects. People came up to us and showered us with congratulations.”
She further added, “The project’s success is in creating a change and an alternative using the public space. We have managed to affect a process of change for a place that was neglected for 50 years and have turned it popular among the public.”