Habitat Israel

Jerusalem, Israel, 1970

Habitat Israel was designed as an industrialized housing system for the Israeli Government’s Ministry of Housing. Tremendous climatic variation across the country required a design with great versatility in fenestration, heating, cooling, insulation, topographic adaptability and density. The basic factory-produced module, therefore, constitutes both a building and an environmental system. Units can combine easily into either two- and three-story carpet housing, hillside terracing or high-rise clusters. Semi-circular convertible domes over the terrace gardens rotate to adapt the basic module design for varying climates. In the desert, an inner dome-shaped shutter screens strong sunlight; in colder mountain regions, a clear glass dome window creates a warm light-filled interior.

Project Type: Residential

Client: Israeli Ministry of Housing