Exploration of an architectural idea starts with meeting the people I design for. There’s something rudimentary and intriguing in this formed interaction at the beginning of a project, each inviting the other into their own unique world. From there, the work begins.
Architect Moran Palmoni, born in Kibbutz Dgania A’
1994 Graduated with distinctions his architecture studies at
“Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design”, Jerusalem.
1994-98 Did his apprenticeship at the studio of the architect, Ada Carmi Melamed
1998 Established “ Moran Palmoni Architects “ firm
The firm handles a diversity of projects from different areas:
Public buildings, Residential buildings, Holiday resorts, construction of Educational Campuses and unique private homes.
The projects of the studio are characterized by meticulous design of the internal spaces and the outdoor areas while keeping the clarity of the design and a quiet restrained presence towards the environment.
2010-15 Senior lecturer at the Architecture faculty, Tel –Aviv university
member of the board of trustees of the “Bezalel, Academy of Arts and Design”
Amongst the firm’s leading projects:
2001 Winner of the competition for planning the campus of Kibbutzim College of Education.
2007 Planning of a luxurious complex of vacation villas in Lefkada, Greece.
2012 Completion of the Keren complex , a unique residential project
in the American Colony, Tel-Aviv.
2016 Planning of special educational school “Horev “ as part of “Livne “project. An educational complex in the south of Tel Aviv. The project includes: designing of two schools,
a kindergarten complex, gymnasium and a pedestrian boulevard to connect and integrate between the educational complex and the neighborhood.
2017 The firm won the competition for planning the home of Roman Abramovich in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv.
2019 Won the distinguish Rokach award for planning “Horev”, a school for special education in the south of Tel Aviv.
In your opinion, what is the role of an architect in our society?
Any process requires the right rhythm and timing – surely the process of formulating design and environmental culture for a society as young as ours. Good architecture requires time and must stand the test of time, it cannot be implemented instantaneously – it requires patience, observation and rigor in order to gradually produce a local design tradition.
I try to maintain restraint and humility in my projects and keep simplicity and clarity of design.
Ihope that some of my intentions and explorations will remain here and may even add value to the local architecture, such that benefits the people who are using and exposed to it.
Does architecture influence society? family?
Architecture influences and influenced by everything. However, politics has a greater effect on our lives and even the most beautiful building cannot fix an ugly reality. Every project has different needs and in all cases I try to find the best solution that responds to its environmental context and the end user.
In my eyes, human scale is the most critical component of design – it discerns the difference between just formalism to architecture that creates a sense of place.
Good architecture influences the way we perceive reality and react to it. I assume that any change, even a small one, ultimately produces a change in society.
What would you like to be, if not an architect?
Ramat Gan Stadium, 40 thousand spectators, I bought the last remaining tickets for the Leonard Cohen concert. 150 meters away from the stage, 76-year-old singer and a small band. I could hardly see the stage, let alone him. At the beginning of the concert, a group of us sat and talked while listening to the distant music play in the background. Towards the fifth song, I believe we stopped talking, everyone was deeply focused on the little figure with the hat. At that moment I felt he was singing just for me.
How is it that in the most unlikely place an intimacy is created? Cohen’s songs are made of bare, exposed and very basic materials, with no sound effects or advanced technologies. He manages to touch each and every one of us, something in him makes us stand on our feet and surrender to this experience.
When we connect with human emotion we can simply shorten distances, we can feel and bring the faraway very close.