David Citadel Hotel

Jerusalem, Israel, 1998

The Mamilla District of Jerusalem, once a no-man’s land between the Israeli and Jordanian sections, forms a link between the old and newer quarters of the ancient city. The hotel, along with the 200-unit David’s Village residential complex, form the southern end of the master-planned Mamilla project, fronting on the historic Valley of Hinome. The eight-story hotel s shaped as a horseshoe whose inner surface echoes the great opera houses, the rooms with balconies forming the “opera boxes” and looking out onto the “stage” – the Old City and the Citadel. At the bases of the horseshoe a series of terraces accommodates a glass domed lobby, dining terraces, swimming pool and hanging gardens. On either side the horseshoe wings step down as the building descends toward the Old City, affording each suite a roof garden open to the sky. Along King David Street, the main entrance imparts to guests and visitors a sense of ceremony and procession via four-story stone arcaded wall defining a porte-cochere protected by a vaulted, suspended glass canopy. The hotel is constructed of traditional tough-hewn golden Jerusalem limestone. Inside, geometrically pattered stone floors, beachwood paneling and stenciled wood ceilings create a character rooted in the traditions of Jerusalem and the Mediterranean.

Project Type: Hotel

Client: The Alrov Group

Cost: $80 milllion

Size: 473616