kimmel eshkolot architects has completed a memorial in israel that commemorates the country’s fallen soldiers. located on jerusalem’s mount herzl, the ‘memorial hall of israel’s fallen’ features an undulating funnel-shaped formation of bricks that opens to the sky, flooding the void with natural light. the memorial includes a 250 meter-long continuous ‘wall of names’ that wraps around the central sculptural brick structure. this comprises more than 23,000 concrete bricks each individually engraved with the name of a soldier and their date of decease.

kimmel eshkolot mount herzl memorial
all images by amit geron

 

 

kimmel eshkolot architects developed the scheme as an interior project where the ground was excavated to allow daylight to enter. conceived as both a personal and collective structure, the light that enters through the overhead oculus is filtered through the funnel and onto the interior surfaces. several 1:1 mockups of the project were built at ETH zurich. here, the architects, together with ackerstein industries and merkava, developed a construction method that involved concrete bricks screwed together at pre-cut joints.

kimmel eshkolot mount herzl memorial
a series of stairs leads to the entrance of the hall

kimmel eshkolot mount herzl memorial
a continuous ‘wall of names’ wraps around the central brick structure

kimmel eshkolot mount herzl memorial
the light that enters through the overhead oculus is filtered through the funnel

kimmel eshkolot mount herzl memorial
the concrete bricks are screwed together at pre-cut joints

kimmel eshkolot mount herzl memorial
several 1:1 mockups of the project were built at ETH zurich

kimmel eshkolot mount herzl memorial
walkways spiral around the perimeter of the structure

kimmel eshkolot mount herzl memorial
inside the tubular structure sits the memorial’s central light funnel

kimmel eshkolot mount herzl memorial
more than 23,000 bricks are each engraved with the name of a soldier and their date of decease

kimmel eshkolot mount herzl memorial
the bricks create a void with an opening at the top

kimmel eshkolot mount herzl memorial
the form of the structure follows the topography of the mountain

 

 

project info:

 

location: jerusalem, isreal
client: ministry of defence – families and commemoration department
architect: kimmel eshkolot architects in collaboration with kalush chechick architects
project architects: etan kimmel and limor amrani
structural engineer: haim & yehiel steinberg structural engineering
construction manager: eliezer rahat and daniel rahat (E.D. rahat engineering coordination and management ltd.)
design phase manager and coordinator: eran garber E.S.L engineers
contractor firm: green construction ltd.
completion: 2017

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