Kimmel Eshkolot Architects is an award-winning Israeli architecture practice, founded in 1986 in Tel Aviv by Etan Kimmel and Michal Kimmel Eshkolot. The practice is currently involved in dozens of projects both in Israel and in Europe, ranging from urban design and public buildings to residential and interior design.
In their first years of practice, Kimmel Eshkolot Architects were involved in the preservation and rehabilitation of Tel Aviv’s historical Neve Tzedek neighborhood. In 1993, they were awarded the Rokach Prize for Architecture for their projects in Neve Tzedek. Throughout the years they have won several national competitions for the design of high-profile public projects, including the new expansion of the government compound in Jerusalem, the Davidson Museum in the Archaeological Park near the Western Wall, the Memorial Hall for Israel’s Fallen in Mount Herzl and the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv University.
In 2011, they won the Rechter Prize for Architecture, considered to be the most prestigious award for architecture in Israel. They received the award for the design of a rehabilitation center in Be’er Sheva, in the south of Israel. This project was also selected for project of the year in the international competition of the magazine Israeli Architecture.
In 2018, the firm won the prestigious International Award for Excellence for The Memorial Hall of Israel’s Fallen on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and joined RIBA’s list of the 20 best new international buildings of 2018.
How we work:
WHERE – what is the physical and urban context?
WHY – what is the project? What should be the program?
HOW – what is the new technology of the project?
We find that the building technology can be a great generator of architecture. By exploring technology through the design process it becomes an integral part of the architectural idea.
We strongly believe in team work and in a true dialogue both with our clients, and with different consultants from the preliminary stages of the design. Our work involves digital and physical 3D modeling, progressively rethinking and improving the design.
As architects we have a great environmental responsibility, and therefore sustainability is a key aspect in our thinking. In each project we search for hints and opportunities to generate the best project possible. We want the project to be true to its essence, rich in its complexity and yet simple. In this way we attempt to expand the meaning of our architecture, through the program and with our clients’ ambitions.
We always keep the variety of projects, never confining ourselves to certain scales or typologies. Thinking of architecture constantly from interior design to public buildings and urban design helps us to keep a sensitivity that enriches the projects, as knowledge and information jump between the scales.
Kimmel Eshkolot Architects consists of 18 architects.