Elma Arts resort in Zichron Ya’akov in Israel is a pearl of postwar Brutalism. Located on Mount Carmel Ridge, the hotel overlooks the forests and the Mediterranean Sea. The concept for the former sanitarium was to revive unique architecture and give it a new, artistic spirit.
Inside the hotel, one can find a large gallery space devoted to Israeli artists and a music auditorium that were conceived by an Israeli philanthropist and art collector Lily Elstein. Concrete and sharp lines define the exterior of the building, designed by Ya’akov Rechter. The rooms feature local accents such as Kilims, crafted textiles and elegant Terrazzo tiles. In the words of Elstein: “Elma is a place where those who enter its doors can find art in every corner and at every moment.”