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Geometric Housing Complex in Jerusalem

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Architect Zvi Hecker explores geometric forms in three-dimensional structures, or “polyhedric architecture.”

In Jerusalem’s 720-unit Ramot Polin housing complex, erected in the 1970s, Hecker interlocked cubes and dodecahedrons into a hive-like mass. “I hope that the design will stimulate architects to break away from strictly cubic structures,” Hecker wrote in a 1980 manifesto. zvihecker.com

“I hope that the design will stimulate architects to break away from strictly cubic structures,” Hecker wrote in a…
Hecker also argues that the structure's form helps it to adapt to hilly and irregular terrain. Photo by Zvi Hecker.
Hecker argues that the use of dodecahedrons and the pentagon-shaped walls helps to enclose a relatively large volume…
"The stability of many polyhedral structures, their compactness of space-packing, their economy of surface with respect…
Polish-born Israeli architect Zvi Hecker spent much of his career exploring cubes and dodecahedrons in his work. One of…
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