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Club Mediterranée

Achziv, Israel, 1961

The Club Mediterranée decided to build its camps in Israel in 1961. The architects designed low-cost structures deviating from the Polynesian huts previously built by Club Mediterranée. In addition to changing the mold of the camps, the architects also produced an inexpensive construction system that could be erected, dismantled, and stored in a short period of time. The cabins had to compete in price with regular, canvas tents.

Club Mediterranée was built at Ahziv in 1961 on a beach site close to the ruins of a Phoenician village. The camp accommodated 350 cabins, fabricated on-site using pressed reeds wired into sheets and framed with lumber.

The basic cabin unit is a truncated tetrahedron built of three slightly convex hexagonal panels. The triangular roof panel can be opened for ventilation. Each cabin accommodates three beds. Dining and bathroom facilities are communal in Club Mediterranée.

Zvi Hecker