The Ears of Wheat and the Sword

architect Zvi Hecker
project Palmach Museum, Tel Aviv, Izrael
written by Wolfgang Pehnt


Former military strongholds are not necessarily the worst building sites. They are elevated, dominate the landscape and provide a huge panoramic view. Sometimes they are covered with trees, providing shade to the barracks. A lot of Israeli land now under military administration was populated by British garrisons during the Mandate. Before them, the Ottoman Army camped there. Palmach Museum was built on a part of such terrain used for military purposes even today. It was built in Ramat Aviv, on the north city limits of Tel Aviv.