Zvi Hecker – Pages of the Book” is a selection of texts about the life and work of Tadeusz Zvi Hecker, an architect born in 1931 in Cracow, nowadays associated mainly with Israel and Berlin. Zvi Hecker is a distinguished figure of international architecture and an icon of modern Israeli architecture. His most important works include Center for Jewish Culture in Duisburg, Germany, with its design based precisely on the titular pages of an open book; buildings inspired by a sunflower - Spiral House in Ramat Gan in Israel, the Jewish School in Berlin and the unusual design of the City Hall in Bat-Yam, Israel. Despite decades spent outside Poland, Zvi Hecker returns here often and eagerly as an architect participating in competitions for buildings of public institutions. His designs were awarded with an honorary mention in competitions for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN in Warsaw and the Museum of Contemporary Art MOCAK in Krakow.
The book published by the Museum of Architecture includes numerous illustrations - designs, drawings and paintings by Zvi Hecker and photographs of his architectural projects around the world. All this is accompanied by a competent commentary by architecture theorists and researchers of Zvi Hecker’s achievements. An important part of the publication is the extensive discussion with the architect himself about issues affecting the workshop of an architect and artist as well as the sense of identity.