One of the iconic features of the Modi’in Maccabim Reut cityscape is Dimri Tower. I think of these structures as Dimri Towers, in plural, but the official name appears to be in the singular. This is a little odd when you see them.
Dimri Tower comprises two sections of 4 connected residential towers in one section and 5 in the other, containing about 455 residential units, running along one of Modi’in’s main roads, HaHashmona’im Avenue. The complex was built by י.ח.דמרי although I haven’t been able to find construction or completion dates.
My usual perspective of Dimri Tower is from street level, usually walking up or down HaHashmona’im Avenue but, now and then, my travels around the city present me with different perspectives of these striking structures.
A classic view of Dimri Tower is this view from Nahal Sorek Street. I hadn’t been up there long enough to take photos until this last week when my morning commute took me along that road.
I made a point of stopping on two occasions to capture that view I’d seen online and it was worth it. From there you have a panoramic view of the mall, Anava Park and Dimri Towers a little way off in the distance.
It is a spectacular view that is going to change a lot in the coming years as the city builds a new university and city centre complex on two sides of Dimri Tower.
I’m a little envious of Dimri Tower residents. They, literally, have a front row view of the construction of the city centre. I can see a long term photojournalism project being pretty interesting as the land is built up and the cityscape utterly transformed in the process.
I remember how that land looked shortly after we arrived. It was relatively wild and overgrown. I’m sure the new city centre will look amazing (it will certainly open the city up to new businesses and growth) but I think I’ll always miss the way the city looked when we arrived.
That said, I can already hear older residents talking about how the city was largely a series of sand roads between construction sites. Touché. 🙂