Mario Botta: The Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Center
Published by Gingko Press
140 pages, Softcover
8 1/4" 8 1/4" (210 x 210 mm)
84 color, 60 b/w illustrations, English
Mario Botta has become the world’s foremost architect of churches and museums. To a series of great buildings that have been dubbed fortresses of art and culture he has added his first synagogue, a remarkable building that masterfully interprets the fundamentals of the Jewish religion. With the Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Center at Tel Aviv University Mario Botta is considered to have created a breakthrough in synagogue construction. Strikingly modern in style it is unencumbered by reminiscences and tradition, but still succeeds in providing a comforting feeling of protection. Several of its structural elements are symbolic: the two columns at the main entrance are reminiscent of Solomon’s Temple, light comes in only from above, and there are no decorations or windows to distract from prayer.