The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History building. The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History building. The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv, designed by the architectural firm Kimmel-Eshkolot, is meant to resemble a treasure chest. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

Israeli architect wins 3 prestigious design awards

Kimmel-Eshkolot is behind a variety of architectural gems in Israel and beyond, including the award-winning Steinhardt Museum of Natural History.

The works of Israeli architectural firm Kimmel-Eshkolot are a mainstay in the Mediterranean country, from neighborhood preservations to educational institutions to breathtaking interiors. And now, the Tel Aviv architects are attracting the eyes of the world, having just won three international awards.

The 23-year-old firm took home the Architecture Design: Silver Award for the Memorial Hall of Israel’s Fallen on Mount Herzl; Best Digital Architecture Design Award, also for the Memorial Hall of Israel’s Fallen; and the Global Nomination Award for the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv. The awards were presented at the 2019 Shenzhen Global Design Awards.

The practice has long dominated the architectural space in its home country, with wins in several national competitions for the design of high-profile public projects, such as the new expansion of the government compound in Jerusalem, the Davidson Museum in the Archaeological Park and a rehabilitation center in Be’er Sheva.

Kimmel-Eshkolot is currently involved in dozens of projects in different scales, both in Israel and in Europe. To honor their recent win, we took a look back at the best of the firm's projects.

Beit Halochem

Beit Halochem is a rehabilitation center for disabled veterans in the city of Be'er Sheva, Israel. Beit Halochem is a rehabilitation center for disabled veterans in the city of Be'er Sheva, Israel. (Photo: Kimmel-Eshkolot)

Beit Halochem is a rehab center for disabled veterans. It contains swimming pools, a basketball court and a gym. In addition, there are physiotherapy and treatment rooms and spaces for cultural activities. It was built using exposed concrete.

The project won the Rechter Prize for excellence in architecture in 2011, considered to be the most prestigious award for architecture in Israel. It was included in the 12 best public projects of 2011 of the World Architecture Festival.

In 2014 Wallpaper magazine announced Beit Halochem as one of Israel’s Seven Wonders of Architecture.


Gdansk Museum of World War II

This was an entry for a 2011 competition to design a new World War II museum in Gdansk, Poland. It received honorable mention. This was an entry for a 2011 competition to design a new World War II museum in Gdansk, Poland. It received honorable mention. (Photo: Kimmel-Eshkolot)

To bid for this project – a new World War II museum in Poland – the architects designed a plan that would convey the facets of war as an ever-existing conflict between the evil forces on one hand, and the human spirit’s resistance on the other.

Though Kimmel-Eshkolot did not win the project to design the museum, it did win honorable mention in a competition in 2011 for the design plan.


Mykonos Portobello Hotel

Kimmel designed the Mykonos Portobello Hotel, a five-star boutique hotel in Greece. Kimmel designed the Mykonos Portobello Hotel, a five-star boutique hotel in Greece. (Photo: Kimmel-Eshkolot)

The Portobello is a boutique hotel overlooking Mykonos' Old Port and the Aegean Sea in the Greek Isles. It's a popular tourist destination, offering breathtaking sea views and traditional whitewash design.


Montefiore House

The firm helmed this preservation of a house on Montefiore Street in Tel Aviv, converted to retail and two apartments with an addition of two floors to the existing building. The firm helmed this preservation of a house on Montefiore Street in Tel Aviv. (Photo: Kimmel-Eshkolot)

In keeping with the Bauhaus-style designs that dot Tel Aviv, Kimmel completed this historic preservation in 2015. It's now been converted to retail and two apartments, with an addition of two floors to the existing building.


Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Completed in 2018, the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History contains the national treasures of Tel Aviv University. Completed in 2018, the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History contains the national treasures of Tel Aviv University. (Photo: Kimmel-Eshkolot)

As a new home for the spectacular natural history collections of Tel Aviv University, the Steinhardt Museum combines exhibition spaces and research activities. The collections, which were never before on display, were placed in a large wooden chest – a treasure box of valuable specimens of flora and fauna.

The building is located at the entrance to the Botanical Gardens of Tel Aviv University, creating a new entryway for that site and suggesting a combined visit to the gardens and to the museum.

On the upper levels, laboratories give researchers access to the entire collections. They are separated from visitors with independent paths.


Ortra Office Complex

Ortra Offices comprise 600 square meters of office space in Tel Aviv's Alon Towers Ortra Offices comprise 600 square meters of office space in Tel Aviv's Alon Towers (Photo: Kimmel-Eshkolot/Amit Geron)

The Ortra workplace was designed for an international conference company, and is situated in the center of the business district in Tel Aviv. The entrance has a vast opening to the large meeting room. It was completed in 2018.

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Kimmel-Eshkolot is responsible for a variety of architectural gems in Israel and beyond.