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Inside Israel's Most 'Beguiling' Semi-Brutalist Town Hall

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Spotted in a roundup of "11 lesser-known Brutalist buildings
that helped define the movement" is this wonderfully strange Town Hall in Bat Yam, Israel. "It may be a bit of a stretch to refer to this beguiling piece of architecture as Brutalist," says Architizer in defense of the 1963 structure's inclusion, "but its inverted ziggurat form, exposed concrete structure, and rigorous geometrical composition certainly resonate with its Anglo-American contemporaries." Built by Czech-based Alfred Neumann along side Israeli architects Zvi Hecker and Eldar Sharon, the avant-garde, diamond-printed creation centers around a middle atrium, with skylights and offices on all sides.

Though initial criticism called it out for its "aloofness and the claustrophobic nature of its offices,"—which lack transparent windows—the Town Hall is widely revered today, formerly appearing on the nation's postage stamp and now the focus of a major restoration push that'll either revamp it as a an arts center or a museum. Read on, this way.

· 11 lesser-known Brutalist buildings that helped define the movement [Dezeen]