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Beit-Halochem Rehabilitation Center / Kimmel-Eshkolot Architects

  • Architects: Kimmel-Eshkolot Architects
  • Location: Beersheba, Israel
  • Architects: Kimmel-Eshkolot Architects
  • Project Team: Etan Kimmel, Michal Kimmel-Eshkolot, Ilan Carmi, Shachaf Zait
  • Project Management: Ramon Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: Roy Assaf Engineering
  • Client: INZ foundation
  • Contractor: Minrav Engineering
  • Area: 6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron

From the architect. On the outskirts of Beer Sheva, where the city ends and the desert begins, the new "Beit-Halochem" rehabilitation center is built‫.‬ Desert sun and arid scenery served us as a source of inspiration to design a composition of rock-like volumes that are grouped together.

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

The "rocks" accommodate intimate and quiet functions, whereas the negative space between them creates gathering areas, and defines the circulation in the building. The alignment of these rocks, combined with the thin horizontal roof which hovers between them, creates an inviting and protected courtyard‫.‬

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

The fierce desert sun-light, which bounces off minor dents on the surface of the rock, creates an ever-changing appearance for the new IDF veterans' home.

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron
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