Earlier this week on Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, Israelis remembered the soldiers killed during her many wars, and all the Israelis who have died in terror attacks. Now Israelis have a place to go and remember fallen soldiers year-round: the new Memorial Hall of Israel’s Fallen.
It sits on top of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem and is considered an architectural gem. Though it opened late last year, it was only recently opened to the public.
At the center of the memorial, intended to be both a collective and personal experience, is a 250-meter “Wall of Names” composed of 23,000 commemorative bricks, each individually engraved with the name of a fallen soldier and date of death.
A computerized system, custom built for the memorial in collaboration with ETH’s ROB Technologies, illuminates each engraved brick on the anniversary of the person’s death.
The continuous, spiraling wall wraps around a central commemoration hall, where an undulating funnel-shaped formation of bricks opens to the sky.
“The special shape of the funnel is like a vortex – a natural phenomenon – playing with the daylight falling into the hall, making the daylight a ‘building material,’” Etan Kimmel, cofounder of Kimmel Eshkolot Architects, told Dezeen.