kimmel eshkolot architects has completed a memorial in israel that commemorates the country’s fallen soldiers.located on jerusalem’s mount herzl, the ‘memorial hall of israel’s fallen’ features an undulating funnel-shaped formation of bricks that opens to the sky, flooding the void with natural light. the memorial includes a 250 meter-long continuous ‘wall of names’ that wraps around the central sculptural brick structure. this comprises more than 23,000 concrete bricks each individually engraved with the name of a soldier and their date of decease.
kimmel eshkolot architects developed the scheme as an interior project where the ground was excavated to allow daylight to enter. conceived as both a personal and collective structure, the light that enters through the overhead oculus is filtered through the funnel and onto the interior surfaces. several 1:1 mockups of the project were built at ETH zurich. here, the architects, together with ackerstein industries and merkava, developed a construction method that involved concrete bricks screwed together at pre-cut joints.