The Water Tower in Gut-Gurevitz Orchard
Documentation and planning
Client: Kiryat Ono municipality
Location: Kiryat Ono, Israel
In collaboration with Arch. Adi Har-Noy
The water tower was constructed in the heart of a citrus orchard in the late 1930s. The orchard was owned by Arpad Gut, a leading engineer in the years leading up to the establishment of the state of Israel, and his partner Yona Gurevitz, a contractor and an orchard grower.
The water tower, built from a unique combination of concrete and steel, was jointly designed and constructed by the pair, serving as a vital irrigation system for the orchard. Today, besides the water tower, there remains a solitary stone building, which was originally used as a packing house before later serving as the residence for the orchard manager and his family.
The water tower was designated as a site for preservation in plan KA/233B (Ariel Sharon neighborhood). As part of the plan’s requirements, this documentation file was commissioned in 2022. Currently, the water tower and the stone building stand within a plot designated for future open public space and commercial and employment purposes. Alongside the documentation, our office has created a preservation plan that reveals the historical and cultural significance of the site, while integrating harmoniously into the new neighborhood.
Water Tower, 2022.