Space Packed

The Architecture of Alfred Neumann

Work and vision of this master of modernism, who has influenced generations of architects in Israel yet himself has largely been forgotten.

 

Title Information

Rafi Segal

1st edition

, 2017

Text in English

Hardback

376 pages, 49 color and 373 b/w illustrations

18.5 x 24.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-055-8

Content

Alfred Neumann (1900–1968) was a Czech architect whose work was wrought in the context of postwar modernism and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Today, his influence and impact have been largely forgotten, but, in their time, Neumann’s original designs received praise and elicited controversy in almost equal measure, offering exciting new possibilities to the modernist mainstream.

Space Packed: The Architecture of Alfred Neumann renews attention to this pioneering architect who made a vast contribution to modern architecture and had a lasting impact on Israel’s broader architectural culture. Drawing on Neumann’s writings and close study of both built and unbuilt projects, Rafi Segal discusses the development of Neumann’s architectural theory and methodology and documents his built works from the 1950s and ’60s against the backdrop of contemporary architectural discourse and the demands of the newly created State of Israel. The book also features a complete chronological catalog of Neumann’s buildings and designs, fully illustrated, including many previously unpublished photographs, drawings, and sketches.

The first book to provide a detailed account of Neumann’s work, Space Packed: The Architecture of Alfred Neumann celebrates the career of this highly skilled and innovative architect, and it will be welcomed by architects and architectural historians.

Authors & Editors

Rafi Segal

, born 1967 in Tel Aviv, is a designer and Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at MIT in Cambridge, MA.

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Cover

Photo of Alfred Neumann in Israel, 1965. Courtesy of Eva Neumann

Competition entry for a school in Boulogne-sur-Seine, Paris, 1929 Architects: Alfred Neumann, Pierre Forestiere, Lucien Beugnet. Courtesy of Eva Neumann

Competition entry for a school in Boulogne-sur-Seine, Paris, 1929 Architects: Alfred Neumann, Pierre Forestiere, Lucien Beugnet. Courtesy of Eva Neumann

Diagrams describing the environmental and structural performance of the Bat Yam Town Hall (1959-63). Architects: Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker, Eldar Sharon. Image courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Bat Yam Town Hall and Civic Centre (1959-63), Bat Yam, Israel. Architects: Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker, Eldar Sharon. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Bat Yam Town Hall and Civic Centre (1959-63), Bat Yam, Israel. Architects: Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker, Eldar Sharon. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Club Méditeranée Holiday Camp, Achziv, Israel (1960-61). Architects:Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker, Eldar Sharon. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Club Méditeranée Holiday Camp, Achziv, Israel (1960-61). Architects:Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker, Eldar Sharon. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Postcard image of Club Méditeranée Holiday Camp. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Sleeping cabin made of wooden frame and compressed straw Club Méditeranée Holiday Camp, Achziv, Israel (1960-61). Architects:Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker, Eldar Sharon. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Dubiner Apartment House (1961-65), Ramat Gan, Israel. Architects: Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker, and Eldar Sharon. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Detail of balconies surrounding each apartment in the Dubiner Apartment House (1961-65), Ramat Gan, Israel. Architects: Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker, and Eldar Sharon. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Danciger Building – Laboratory for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (1963-66), Techion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Model of triangular units in combination. Architects: Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Alfred Neumann speaks with builders at the construction of the Danciger Building – Laboratory for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (1963-66), Techion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Architects: Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Danciger Building – Laboratory for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (1963-66), Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Architects: Alfred Neumann and Zvi Hecker. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Side elevation of Danciger Building – Laboratory for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (1963-66), Techion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Architects: Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Danciger Building – Laboratory for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (1963-66), Techion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Architects: Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Model of a proposed project for an airport pavilion for ELAL airlines. The design exemplifies Neumann’s space packing method by which repetitive units are stacked into a pattern that creates the whole structure. Architects: Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker. Courtesy of Zvi Hecker

Alfred Neumann(right) talking to Le Corbusier (left) at the 1947 CIAM meeting. Photo by French Grubner

Photo of Alfred Neumann during his teaching at the Technion –Israel Institute of Technology, mid 1950s. Courtesy of Eva Neumann

Watercolor by Alfred Neumann 1950s. Courtesy of Eva Neumann

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