I was sad to hear from a colleague visiting in New York that some of the breathtaking buildings that Israeli architect Zvi Hecker built in the 60s and 70s have witnessed considerable decay. The Polish-born, Berlin- and Tel-Aviv-based architect, one of Israel’s most remarkable talents, has created architecture of personal expression and distinctive language. He began his career in the late 50s, when Israel was moving from modernism to brutalism, and when the boom of construction in newly-founded state was highly receptive to new and avant-garde architecture. Hecker, who perceives himself as “an artist whose profession if architecture” was so connected to the international directions in progressive architecture, that in the concrete building he crafted during these two formative decades, he incorporated elements borrowed from Japanese Metabloism. It is particularly apparent in his Ramot Polin, a neighborhood in northwest Jerusalem, composed of repetitive modular dodecahedrons, and constructed of prefabricated pentagonal concrete slabs (above) and in the synagogue in the Negev, which is formed of polyhedral units (below). Hecker built the Dubiner House, an apartment building in Ramat-Gan in the early 60s long before Moshe Safdie created his famed Habitat 67 project in Montreal, and his Bat Yam City Hall looks so fresh and dazzling in the vintage photo taken when it was completed in the 60s.