The Golden Heart Pavilion – A First Community Building for Ein Hawd

The Golden Heart Pavilion stands as the inaugural community structure for Ein Hawd. Designed as a transient space, it facilitates conversations and exhibitions about the community’s history and displacement from a village located one kilometer away, now known as Ein Hod and occupied by Israeli artists. Inspired by the diwan typology, this pavilion serves as a contemporary homage to the traditional gathering spaces of Ein Hawd.

Prior to 1948, the villagers of Ein Hawd utilized a public covered space known as the diwan for various local ceremonies, including weddings, funerals, parties, and festivals. Constructed with stone arches and covered with textile, the original diwan held significant cultural and communal importance for the village.

The inflatable structure designed by Malkit Shoshan was used during our event One Land Two Systems and Platform Paradise in Ein Hawd in 2008, further enhancing the community’s engagement with contemporary discourse while paying homage to its cultural heritage.

The golden heart technical design principles

View from the Sky

The Israeli government employs aerial photographs to detect illegal constructions. The heart shape, double-dome, was chosen to softly capture the attention of the authorities.

Structural Features

The pavilion boasts a flexible and easily deployable structure. It can be inflated in just 5 minutes, swiftly removed, or conveniently stored. When inflated, it provides a 90 square meter communal space.

Cultural References

Golden Dome: Inspired by the Temple Mount and the posters adorning local living rooms, as well as the pre-1948 divan of Ein Hawd.

Greens: Beyond its symbolic significance, the golden heart serves the practical purpose of reintroducing the Mediterranean landscape. It also functions as a platform for plantation, surrounded by a blossoming garden. Relocating or removing the heart will reveal a beautifully landscaped area.

Interior: The pavilion’s interior space is divided into two areas: the “One Land Two Systems” exhibition, which narrates Ein Hawd’s history and future visions, and a salon for gatherings and discussions.

Inflatable design and exhibition curation : Malkit Shoshan
Interior design: Sharif Waked
Construction date: July 2008