Sunday, February 22, 2015

New life for a Brutalist building


Here is the arts complex/hotel that houses the new organ we saw in the last two posts.
It hugs the slope of Mt. Carmel, in the town of Zichron Yaakov.
Under the clouds you see the Mediterranean Sea. 

Our rooms were nice even though the hotel is not yet officially opened.
Tomorrow I'll show you the view from the balconies, wow! 
It may be hard concrete on the outside, but inside is the soft life.  : )

Elma is a total renovation of the Mivtachim building which originally was meant for members of  the big HMO Kupat Holim as a yearly vacation place, a "rest home." 

Built in the 1960s at the height of Brutalist architecture's popularity in Israel, there is lots of raw concrete inside and out.
The term Brutalism was coined in 1953 from the French béton brut, "raw concrete," a phrase used by Le Corbusier to describe the poured board-marked concrete with which he constructed many of his post-World War II buildings.
 (So far in this blog we have talked about architectural examples in the "Brutalism capital of Israel," Beer Sheva.)

Lily's Terrace is named for Lily Elstein, the wonderful lady who is pouring all her heart and fortune into building this unique place where artists can live and create or perform and where hotel guests can freely mingle with them.
(Linking to Our World Tuesday and  Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors memes.)


Cloudia said...

And not because it appears "brutal"
How interesting!

ALOHA from Honolulu

William Kendall said...

It is quite different- the style has turned up here a lot.

Hels said...

Brutalist architecture always reminds me of grey, ugly and very functional buildings with no concern for viewers' sensibilities. But your second picture is very handsome..almost Bauhaus with elegant space.

Birdman said...

I think a week or two at this 'rest home' would be just the ticket to rejuvenate.

toby said...

Oh, I like that a lot! I'd love to check it out when it opens - keep us updated, please :)

DougPhoto2009 said...

Interesting balconies. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it absolutely taste of Le Corbusier and concrete is the stuff. Not all buildings from that period were equally successful.

Re Comment: One can restore the most horrible of boats, but if that is not an option it is usually towed out on deep water and sunk (after removal of oil and such things).

VP said...

I really like the idea of silly and ugly brutalism refurbished and updated, with excellent results!

Julie said...

I like that "brutalist architecture" tag, Dina.

Kay said...

I agree with Cloudia. I was thinking the same thing about the word Brutalist. However, the buildings are really quite nice and modern looking.

Villrose said...

Stylish building!

José Mendonça said...

I like the perspectives on shots #1, 3 and 5. Well done, Dina!