Encounters- Restoration of Historic Zichron Ya-akov Project
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 Encounters- Restoration of Historic Zichron Ya-akov Project

8/25/1998

 ENCOUNTERS: Israeli Architecture
 
 
 
   RESTORATION OF HISTORIC  ZICHRON YA'AKOV PROJECT 
 
1992-1999

 

 

 

 

 
 


Architects: G. Kertesz,
S. Groag
 


 
The first settlers of this town on the Carmel mountain, overlooking the Mediterranean, hailed from Eastern Europe. Encountering a new climate, different environmental conditions and lacking contemporary technology, they were forced to adapt to the place through the implementation of appropriate building methods.
Concentrated on an authentic restoration of the streets, houses and courtyards, the
rehabilitation during the last six years has revealed their original architectural solutions, making them didactically perceptible. The influence of the Templars is clear in the scale, building materials and the climactically-aware houses. The mainly French-born officials in the employ of the Baron Rothschild, who practically ruled the town, determined to a great extent the character of the public buildings.

The first settlers of this town on the Carmel mountain, overlooking the Mediterranean, hailed from Eastern Europe. Encountering a new climate, different environmental conditions and lacking contemporary technology, they were forced to adapt to the place through the implementation of appropriate building methods.

This expressionist structure exemplifies a unique application of formal Arabian motifs but nonetheless a well sited deployment. While the sections of the house are marked by the pointed arches, the red bricks which cover the ceiling break out to the patios, creating unity between interiors and exteriors. Such translations of the symbolic into an actual spatial condition, mark the recent switch of thinking now prevalent among many locale-oriented architects.

 
 
 
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