Kimmel Eshkolot Architects Designs Memorial for Israeli Soldiers

The facade of the memorial is crafted with locally sourced stone. All images courtesy Amit Giron.

Tel Aviv-based firm Kimmel Eshkolot Architects has completed the Memorial Hall of Israel’s Fallen, a tribute to the nation’s soldiers who lost their lives in combat. Excavated into Mount Herzl in Jerusalem with locally sourced stone, the memorial features an oculus penetrated by a funnel-like volume that floods the brick interior with natural light. The void also allows for air flow and natural ventilation within the isolated structure, which uses no electricity during daytime hours.

Images courtesy Amit Giron.

More than 23,000 bricks are comprised in the design’s 820-foot-long Wall of Names, which wraps the central brick structure. Each brick is adorned with the individual names of soldiers and their respective dates of decease. Kimel Eshkolot employed a construction method in collaboration with Ackerstein Industries that screwed together each brick using pre-cut joints.

Images courtesy Amit Giron.

Kimmel Eshkolot was chosen by the Israeli Ministry of Defense to design the memorial in 2006.