[March 28 2018]
Built by the prolific Rechter Architects, the Harlington Hotel (previously Holiday Inn Ashkelon) is perhaps one of the most underrated buildings from the firm’s oeuvre. Appearing at the end of the boardwalk of the coastal city of Ashkelon, the futuristic domed edifice stands in sharp contrast to the generic buildings that typify the surrounding urban landscape. The budget hotel makes up for its lack of stars in ingenious creation, from its rounded half-moon exteriors to its curving ramps and internal courtyards. The decaying relic of late-90s Israeli modernism is situated on the edge of a cliff overlooking the beach and Mediterranean Sea.
Text and photo Andrew Wasserstein