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Competition for the design of the Commemoration Hall for the fallen soldiers of the engineering corps at Hulda forest.

The Commemoration Hall is designed as an addition to the commemoration site for the fallen soldiers of the engineering corps at the Hulda forest atop a hill overlooking the ("old") road going up to Jerusalem. The commemoration site is a garden with a stone memorial column at its center. The names of the fallen are engraved in the stone. The column overlooks the road to Jerusalem. Facing the road, is a big semi-circle garden. On the north side of the garden there is a small pine grove and a big "Amphitheatre" in building process.

The proposed commemoration building is made of four massive stone walls – "Gabions" made with a steel frame and filled with stones that define the different spaces and create continuity
with the landscape of the site.

A "bridge" (the Beilli bridge) is supported on one side by a set of memorial walls and on the other side by the walls and the roof of the lobby of the new building. The bridge connects the existing site to the new building. The walls, the bridge and the roads are the base of the proposed design that attempts to transform the whole site into a single complex, to a whole place of memory, a place of experience, an experience of memory and landscape.
"The way" and the "journey" at the site are essential for the feel of the place the "journey" also occurs when the site is closed.
The "journey" continues towards the entrance and exhibition hall of the building at two floors along the "bridge". From there it continues to the memory and seclusion halls and the library that make the center of the building. The hall's location and connections are crucial to the project.

The building is made of stone walls - "Gabions" as a symbolic element from the day to day life of the engineering corps and also, like the "bridge", connecting the building to the existing site.


The memorial hall is built with massive walls. Light penetrates from a crack between the walls and the roof.

The yard of the memorial walls is connected to the main entrance yard with a wide set of stairs that creates continuity to both yards. The two yards have viewpoints to the memorial walls and the landscape to the west through the lobby of the building.

The walls of the building and the bridge are lower than the memorial walls so that the structure is gradually revealing itself from the side of the upper existing yard. The building is revealing its western narrow façade all the way to its wide southern facade that
is revealed at its full from the south entrance.




Hulda forest


An architectural contest for the design of the Umm el-fahem Museum for Contemporary Art

The moral and structural concept was to create an educational wing that will connect the city of Umm el-fahem to the museum.
As part of the idea of a museum as an educational tool, a long bridge structure was designed as a modern steel Mashrabiya, covered with vegetation, levitating over steel columns.
The building is an attempt to combine tradition and technology with light flowing between the two and connecting them. The people of Umm el-fahem will pass through this wing when going
into the museum. The body of the museum is an echo of the terraces around it. The terraces are becoming part of
the museum. From there a road, to the wooded area, is formed.


Yoram Popper Architects
Shachar Loolav, Oded Rosenkayer, Elhanan Finerman, Mauricio Rodriguez, Adi Haimovitz




Umm el-fahem


A proposal for Mané-Katz Museum and Eliyahu Hall

The project is a proposal is a continues landscape complex for the Louis promenade. A new building, enlargement of the Mané-Katz structures and the synagogue of "Heichal Eliyahu".
The project offers a number of main ideas that refer to the specific special scene that it is located in and to the special functions it has (the Mané-Katz building and the synagogue) and attempts to connect them.

The urban plan
The main idea was is to create an urban space and a roof promenade, from which one can enjoy the spectacular view and to enter the complex. One side leads to the museum and the other to the synagogue. From the entry point there is access to a stage platform, a view point that is the end point of the promenade.

The Mané-Katz building – "House and Gallery"
"New construction" of the existing building (the "House") with preservation of its authenticity, the connection between Mané-Katz, the man, the artist and his collections and the place in which
he lived in. The preservation of the special proportions that the "House" and "Gallery" were developed as "old" verses "new". The house as the top floor and the galley as the bottom floor. The original balcony is opened and transforms to a double space that show the changing
exhibitions. In the front façade, there is a translucent staircase overlooking the street. At the top "original" part, the artist's works will be displayed. At the bottom part "the gallery", changing exhibitions of Judaica will be displayed along with a library and a show room. On the roof there will be an observation point.

The synagogue building
The synagogue is designed as a "building within a building" in order to achieve flexibility, to adjust to the interior of the synagogue that will be bought and to let in natural light. The inner structure "the nave" is made of concrete, plaster, wood and a copper roof. Its floor is
lower and paved with mosaics. The light penetrates between the "nave" and the outer wall. The synagogue's layout was designed as a "complex", much like the ancient synagogues in
Israel and other countries. The entrance is through a small courtyard and it has another bigger courtyard on the building's southern side.





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The new Israeli air force

Appearance and design:

The proposal design is based on the idea of "body and wings of a bird".

The "body" is the auditorium building that functions as the center of the project and all the exhibition halls surround it.

The "wings" cover the exhibition halls. The cover goes all the way down to the facades and also provides shade.

The façade is dynamic and fits the "sprit" of the air force and the building is designed in a 3d way accordingly.

The movement of visitors thru the building will revolve around the center at the ground floor and at a four-meter-high ramp. The ramp/passage will reach hall E – the main attraction of the visit, that has a dynamic design and overlooks the rest of the hall. 


Construction climate and acoustics:

The "bird wings" is represented with a steel bearing frame with openings of about 7.5 meters with a thermo - acoustic roof made of metal panels and an aluminum panel with great noise absorption abilities. On top of the roof, a big solar cell system can be installed. The steel frame is continuance which makes the building very efficient and will lower the price of the steel frame. The roofs that cover the facades create good shading that can be extended according to the needed natural light for the exhibitions. 


Visitors movement:

A wide entrance structure, that allows a big number of visitors to enter, is designed. A wide "pavilion" was designed and will contain a reception area, information, an area for renting of self-guiding equipment, a bag storage area and a toilet area.

In addition, an exhibition area was designed with sitting areas with sitting steps for groups of soldiers, students and the like as a place for briefings before entering the exhibitions.

From the passage area to the exhibition halls there is a four-meter-high ramp that reaches all the way to hall E – space. So, it allows the visitor a "fast lane" to it.

A roofed road is coming from the parking area. The road starts at the First house of Hatzerim that will be preserved.

South west of the entrance building, there is a parking lot for buses, handicap parking and VIP parking. 


Exhibition halls array:

The exhibition halls are arranged as continuance spaces around the center "body" which is the auditorium.

The floor of the exhibition halls will be made of polished concrete and it will have images of planes. Models of planes will also be hanging from the steel frame of the roof. 

Four-meter-high bridges with an industrial look will be designed, connecting the exhibition halls in order to allow view points from above and for the visitors to walk thru.


Aviation garden a roofed aviation garden:

The roofed aviation garden is designed as an extension of hall D. It is an open garden with shading. Its section creates a shape of a wing.






Israel air force

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