Concrete Folklore
Synagogue Experimental Architecture
in the State of Israel in the 1960s and 1970s


A book & exhibition curated by Naomi Simhony & Dana Gordon
Published by the Israeli Architects Association. Tel Aviv, Israel. 2018
Soft Cover, 15,5×23,5 cm, 76 pp.







The book and exhibition focus on five iconic synagogues, designed in the State of Israel in the 1960s and 1970s. As its name suggests, “Concrete Folklore” studies the interface between modern concrete architecture and ritual items, revealing the ways avant-garde architecture revitalizes previous synagogue design traditions.

The project’s graphic layer is driven by the calligraphic origins of the Hebrew letters. The abstraction of the typography reveals a fabric-like texture echoing the Talith (a Jewish fringed garment) and the wooden texture that remains on the naked concrete walls.