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Synagogue in the Negev Desert

Military Academy, Negev Desert, Israel, 1967-1969

Three types of polyhedral units comprise the structure of the truncated octahedron forming the synagogue.
The familiar hexagonal panels are the basic building unit. The triangular spaces between these units are used for stained glass windows at mid-height of the structure. Windows for ventilation are built into suboctahedrons projecting from the building.

The synagogue is designed for a utilitarian purpose as well as a spiritual role: it sits atop a cistern that supplies water for nearby housing. In the special desert conditions, the synagogue by its height and wealth of form stands out very strongly against the monotonous background and the surrounding buildings.

Alfred Neumann