Geometric Housing Complex in Jerusalem

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November 17, 2013
Originally published in Prefab Now
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  “I hope that the design will stimulate architects to break away from strictly cubic structures,” Hecker wrote 
in a 1980 manifesto. Photo by Zvi Hecker.  Courtesy of Zvi Hecker .
    “I hope that the design will stimulate architects to break away from strictly cubic structures,” Hecker wrote in a 1980 manifesto. Photo by Zvi Hecker. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker .
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  Hecker also argues that the structure's form helps it to adapt to hilly and irregular terrain. Photo by Zvi Hecker.  Courtesy of Zvi Hecker .
    Hecker also argues that the structure's form helps it to adapt to hilly and irregular terrain. Photo by Zvi Hecker. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker .
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  Hecker argues that the use of dodecahedrons and the pentagon-shaped walls helps to enclose a relatively large volume with less surface area than a rectangular prisim. Photo by Zvi Hecker.  Courtesy of Zvi Hecker .
    Hecker argues that the use of dodecahedrons and the pentagon-shaped walls helps to enclose a relatively large volume with less surface area than a rectangular prisim. Photo by Zvi Hecker. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker .
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  "The stability of many polyhedral structures, their compactness of space-packing, their economy of surface with respect to enclosed volume and their facility of extension render them advantageous for mass production and for diverse applications in architecture and engineering," wrote Hecker in a 1970 essay entitled "The Geometry of my Polyhedral Sculpture." Photo by Zvi Hecker.  Courtesy of Zvi Hecker .
    "The stability of many polyhedral structures, their compactness of space-packing, their economy of surface with respect to enclosed volume and their facility of extension render them advantageous for mass production and for diverse applications in architecture and engineering," wrote Hecker in a 1970 essay entitled "The Geometry of my Polyhedral Sculpture." Photo by Zvi Hecker. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker .
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  Polish-born Israeli architect Zvi Hecker spent much of his career exploring cubes and dodecahedrons in his work. One of his most famous structures is the Ramot Polin housing project in Jerusalem erected for an ultra-orthodox population. The hivelike prefabricated building was lauded when it was completed in the 1970s. Over the years, people have adapted the structures and reports say that there isn't a single "original" apartment left in the 700+ units.  Courtesy of Zvi Hecker .
    Polish-born Israeli architect Zvi Hecker spent much of his career exploring cubes and dodecahedrons in his work. One of his most famous structures is the Ramot Polin housing project in Jerusalem erected for an ultra-orthodox population. The hivelike prefabricated building was lauded when it was completed in the 1970s. Over the years, people have adapted the structures and reports say that there isn't a single "original" apartment left in the 700+ units. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker .
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