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About the structure

Yad Layeled's unique architecture reflects the museum's educational concept.  The building, as an aesthetic form, expresses the museum message through its location next to the Turkish aqueduct, external structure, halls, floor plan and lighting.  The architect, Ram Karmi, visualized the young visitors and designed a layout that combines linear continuity with circular movement in a way that connects beginning and end. This ciruclar motion reflects the architectual concept to never forget the old life:  to keep it alive in our minds while life begins anew outside the museum's walls. 

The pathway leading to Yad Layeled takes the visitor along the Turkish aqueduct.  Walking through the doors of the museum, one leaves the green, hilly scenery and view of the Mediterranean Sea, walking along a hallway whose floor is made of dark steel that leads to a hall of stained glass windows that were created by Roman Halter and his son, Ardyn. This hall leads to a  spiral ramp that takes the visitor along a linear path, along which the story of Jewish children who lived in Europe before and during the Holocaust.    

The designing of Yad Layeled begins in the 1980's with the architect Roman Halter, a London-based Holocaust survivor, who presented the first conceptual designs of the museum.  Ram Karmi joined the project and took on the final architectual designing and building of Yad Layeled.      

Ardyn Halter

Yad LaYeled, the first memorial to the 1.5 million Jewish children who were murdered during the Shoah, originated in conversations between Antek Zuckerman and Roman Halter. Antek felt that the Ghetto Fighters' Museum was not complete unless it had a memorial to the children and Roman Halter, a Holocaust survivor and architect, wanted to take on the challenge of building the new wing.  Here, his son, Ardyn Halter, discusses how Roman Halter developed the concept of Yad Layeled. 
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Ram Karmi


Ram Karmi, an internationally recognized Israeli architect, was commissioned to build Yad Layeled.  In the Yad Layeled Cataglogue, Karmi shared his thoughts on how architecture was an integral part of the new wing's message.   Learn more >>

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