Sunday, July 7, 2013

Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors! #84

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About a week ago, I found myself at Binyan Clal, a big building in the center of Jerusalem. When I first came to Israel, in the early 1990's, this building was pretty much the main Jerusalem mall. Always bustling, full of cute little shops and even a movie theater, it was a great hangout.

Nowadays, since the opening of the Malcha mall about twenty years ago, Binyan Clal is awfully quiet. There are a lot of offices there, and some very small, sad shops, but that's about it. And still, walking through it on the way to my errand, I found myself suddenly nostalgic. If nothing else, this place has really interesting architecture! And so, naturally, I stopped a second to grab a couple of shots to share with you...




Yes, there are elevators too - it's not as inaccessible as it seems at first glance :)

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5 comments:

Lesley said...

This is far too lovely to be the reserve of offices. I am trying to imagine it a s a bustling mall full of cute little shops and can understand your nostalgia.

Gerald (SK14) said...

shopping malls leave me cold personally but I guess we have to have them.

Ralph said...

It looks as if it is a retailer's dream - bathed in lots of natural light and having a wonderfully unique sense of style, people were attracted to it back then. Alas, there are probably too many retail emporiums around these days. If repurposed to offices instead, it still is a beautiful and stylish place.

And I am happy to hear of its elevators!

Sara said...

The glass window ceiling is wonderful, and I can imagine it in its heyday. Too bad it has fallen from grace since then. It just needs someone to come along and pour some funds into it and draw new customers. It's easy to imagine great restaurants and quirky little shops abounding.

Dina said...

Your pictures make it look nice. I didn't know Clal had former days of glory (that was before my time in Jerusalem).