Kimmel Eshkolot Architects was founded in Tel Aviv in 1986 by Etan Kimmel and Michal Kimmel Eshkolot and has become one of the leading architectural practices in Israel.
In their first years of practice, they were involved in the preservation and rehabilitation of Neve Tzedek, the historical neighborhood of Tel Aviv. In 1993 they were awarded the Rokach prize for architecture for their projects in Neve Zedek. In 2011 they won the Rechter Prize for Architecture, considered to be the most prestigious award for architecture in Israel. They received the award for the design of a rehabilitation center in Be’er Sheva, in the south of Israel. This project was also selected for Project of The Year award in the international competition of the magazine Israeli Architecture.
In 2018 the practice was awarded the RIBA international prize for Mount Hertzl national Memorial hall in Jerusalem, as one of the best 20 projects over the world. Kimmel Eshkolot is often invited to participate in high profile short-list competitions. This has led to many projects and awards, such as: Davidson Museum, Jerusalem (1998); Beth Halochem in Beer Sheva (2002); Steinhardt Building in Tel Aviv University (2009); Ramot Campus in Beer Sheva (2010); Israeli government compound expansion, Jerusalem (2010); Netanya City Hall Tower (2011); Forum Exhibition Halls Building in the “Shuk Sitonay” project, Tel Aviv (2012); Check-Point Building in Tel Aviv University (2013).
The practice is currently involved in dozens of projects in different scales, both in Israel and in Europe, with a team made of 20 architects. Kimmel Eshkolot Architects strongly believe in team work and in a true dialogue both with their clients, and with different specialists, from the preliminary stages of the design. their work involves digital and physical 3D modeling, progressively rethinking and improving the design.
As architects, they believe that they have a great
environmental responsibility, and thus sustainability is a key notion in their thinking. In each project they search for hints and opportunities to generate the best project possible. they want the project to be true to its essence, rich in its complexity and yet simple. In this way they
attempt to expand the meaning of their architecture, through the program and with their clients’ ambitions.
Michal Kimmel Eshkolot
Graduate of the faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, 1985. Co-founder of Kimmel-Eshkolot Architects in 1986. Lecturer at the faculty of Architecture, Tel Aviv University, since 1998. Chair person of the Israeli Architects Association of TLV and Central Israel, 2001-2003. Guest lecturer at the faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, Netherlands, 2009. Michal and Etan are often invited to lecture in Israel and abroad, and to take part in juries at architectural competitions.
Graduate of the faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, 1985. Co-founder of Kimmel-Eshkolot Architects in 1986. Senior Lecturer at the Technion faculty of Architecture, Haifa, since 2002. Lecturer at the faculty of Architecture, Tel Aviv university, 2005-2012. Guest lecturer at the faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, Netherlands, 2009