From the Research Lab: A Retrospective of Architect Motti Ben-Horin
Architect Sharon Golan-Yaron, content director of the Liebling Haus, hosts architects Michael Jacobson to a journey through the Ben-Horin collection of the Israel Architecture Archive (IAA). Mordechai (Moti) Ben-Horin, one of the boldest architects who worked in the country, passed away last month at the age of 90 while designing a home for a young couple. “You can build a wonderful house for pennies,” said Ben-Horin, who designed numerous buildings that redefined the aesthetics of the Israeli place. Although his resume included more than a thousand villas - some for clients such as Plato Sharon, Eliezer Fishman, and Shaul Eisenberg - Ben-Horin himself lived in a modest house in Savyon, which he planned in the 1960s within half an hour. When he went on vacation, he made sure to leave his home unlocked and called tenants of skyscrapers a “mixture of criminals and millionaires.”
Michael Jacobson is an architect, geographer, writer, and journalist. Jacobson has a blog named Back Window, and he writes for the architecture section of Yedioth Ahronoth’s Xnet.
Photo: The Ben-Horin collection of the Israel Architecture Archive (IAA)