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Shalom Mayer Tower

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Identification

Shalom Mayer Tower
Migdal Shalom
מגדל שלום מאיר
104855

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
concrete
ceramic tile
applied masonry
light yellow
modernism

Usages

residential condominium commercial office shop(s) office
governmental office service branch(es) restaurant metro station parking

Facts

  • The many different antennas on top of the tower have become an integral part of its appearance.
  • A small amusement park operated on top of the tower's platform during the 1980's.
  • This old timer tower is still very successful, with nearly constant displacement rate of 95% of its space. Tel Aviv's largest restaurant-bar is also planned to be built inside the building's platform.
  • The cream-hue tile facade was made especially for the tower and was manufactured in Italy.
  • Located directly across Echad HaAm Street from Africa Israel Tower.
  • Largest office building in Israel when completed.
  • A locally famous wax-museum was operating in the building's shopping center until the late 80's.
  • The original building of the Gymnasya Herzeliya, the first Jewish school in Israel after 2000 years of exile, was demolished in order to make room for this tower. In the ensuing years, the decision to demolish the school has been regretted by both the government and public.
  • The tower is mistakenly called Colbo Shalom by many locals, after the name of the large, popular department store in its platform, operating until the late 80's.
  • The city's first and and only subway station was built in an underground level of the tower, in order to connect it to a future underground railway development. The only other building in Israel with the same feature is HaNeviyim Tower in Haifa.
  • Tallest tower in the Middle East for 14 years.
  • This tower is still one of Tel Aviv's most famous icons, despite its age and the many new towers in the city.
  • For fire protection two water pools are located on the 17th floor and two on the roof.
  • Under the 2003-2004 partial renovation, some of the facade was replaced and the top floors were converted from office to apartment use.
  • A four-lane two-way road passes right underneath the tower.
  • Upon completion, Shalom Meir Tower was taller than any other tower in Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Middle East.
  • 50,000 cubic meters of concrete, 4,000 tons of steel, 35 kilometers of water pipes and 500 kilometers of wiring used in the tower.
  • Inside the first floor of the western lobby are two giant mosaic murals, created by the famous Israeli artist Nachum Gutmann, and several miniature models of Tel Aviv in its early years.
  • Israel's tallest tower for 34 years; surpassed by the Azrieli Center Circular Tower in Tel Aviv in 1999.
  • The construction permit was originally for a building of a smaller scale. Ironically, the District Committee of Tel Aviv which issues final approvals for constructions in thr city is now one of the tower's tenants.
  • Several people committed suicide during the first years the observation deck was open, prompting the installation of a tall metal fence to prevent anyone from jumping.
  • During construction, the developers were caught in a financial crisis. Without direct help from the Israeli government, the tower could not have been completed.
  • The tower's open-air observation deck, Tel Aviv's tallest for many years, closed its doors several years ago due to lack of visitors. Azrieli Center Circular Tower had a large part in this decision.

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Location

8-12 Echad Ha'am Street
2-10 Montifyori Street, 8-12 Echad Ha'am Street, 5-13 HaShachar Street, 6-10 Achuzat Bait Street
65251
Financial Center
City Center
Tel Aviv - Yaffo
Tel Aviv District
Israel

Technical Data

426.51 ft
426.51 ft
426.51 ft
413.39 ft
413.39 ft
36
4
1963
1965
26
4
800

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • Atrium is present
  • Floodlighting at night
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Lightning protection is installed
  • Metro entrance inside building
  • Public parking is available
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