Yehiam Memorial / SO Architecture

  • 22 Sep 2008
  • Monuments and Memorials Selected Works

Architects: SO Architecture
Location: Kibbutz Yechiam,
Project Team: Oded rozenkier, Shachar Lulav
Project year: 2008
Graphic Design: Maya Eyal-Rozenkier

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the convoy to Yechiam, the memorial site for those who were killed in the convoy, and for the fallen Kibbutz members, was designed.

The project is situated in Kibbutz Yechiam on the north of Israel in the community center area.

The project derives its geometrical form from two major sources:
1. The feeling of the inside of an armored truck of the days of the convoy
2. The will to convey the feeling of bereavement

The visitor who arrives at the memorial experiences, while progressing to the hall the confined geometry of the place that was designed with the help of a computer, and based on physical models. The materials used in the construction are wood and plaster. The space that is revealed inside the building is a clean space, which forms a balance on the one hand of the general feeling, and on the other hand points to the photos of the fallen.

The photos themselves are emphasized by hidden lighting, both natural and artificial. In the interior design work of the site, the photos of the fallen were reconstructed and renovated with the help of computers.

This project, was executed on a very small budget, succeeds in producing a special, strong and exciting feeling, which honors the memory of the fallen.

Cite: "Yehiam Memorial / SO Architecture" 22 Sep 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • sj.

    The form and idea of the planes are very strong, but the lighting is such an afterthought that it falls apart for me. I would have like to see hidden, ambient lighting or some strip lighting that integrates into the folds of the form.

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  • Rafa

    I agree with SJ. The lights really do come off as an afterthought and are they misaligned as well? Looks like the builder “designed” the lighting.

  • richie

    Very nice and interestin spatial composition.Very good control of atmospheric light and shadows.
    Like that a lot.