Encounters- The Palmach History Museum
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 Encounters- The Palmach History Museum


 ENCOUNTERS: Israeli Architecture
Tel Aviv, 1998







Architects: Zvi Hecker, Rafi Segal

The greater part of the interior space of this museum of the pre-State, Jewish underground organization is appropriately buried, and thus the main expression of the structure becomes an experiential sequence in the landscape.

The retaining walls gently wrap around a central courtyard, with existing trees as its focus, calling attention to the sensitive landscaping gestures towards this elevated site overlooking the sea.

As the plan of the building reflects the natural form of the site, the elevation mirrors the stepped character of the terrain. Beyond its powerful sculptural presence, the building houses a variety of cultural activities such as a four hundred seat auditorium, a youth center, a cafeteria and support offices.
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