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Housed in Yaakov Rechter’s Israel Prize-winning 1973 construction, the Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel is not only architecturally awe-inspiring, but home to a top-notch gallery space, one of Israel’s most highly regarded concert halls, and a resolute dedication to art that runs through the property’s 95 rooms, suites, and communal spaces. With over 500 works, Elma is one of the world’s best examples of a high-art-luxury-hospitality fusion, immersing guests in a world of comfort and creation.
MADE BY ORIGINALS
As a descendant of the founders of Zichron Ya’akov, Lily Elstein dedicates her time to helping immigrants and producing culture in the town. Philanthropist, arts patron, and now the curator of a cultural center, Elstein says that her goal with Elma has been achieved: “It is a place where those who enter can find art in every corner and at every moment.”
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
The Elma’s naked concrete, geometric shapes, and clean white lines are telltale signs of Israeli design of the 1960s at the height of the Brutalist movement. Angular yet wavelike, the two-story building mimics the contours of the mountain it sits upon, as well as featuring raised units that lend an illusion of levitation. Interiors are characterized by natural furnishings, modernistic design elements, and over 500 art works, including sculptor Sigalit Landau’s 26-ton marble sculpture in Calcutta gold and Portuguese pink.