I like these photographs of this synagogue, and the late 1960s, early 1970s provenance. I found the pictures on Tumblr at: http://tzilahjewishcultureandhistory.tumblr.com/. “Tzilah” is a great Jewish art and culture blog. This place is maybe one of the strangest synagogues I’ve ever seen in its combination of militarism and modernism. The more overt symbolism I can do without. The modular look, and the combination of light and cheap material is very cool. It doesn’t really belong on this planet. Here’s what was posted about it:
Zvi Hecker – Synagogue on the Campus of the Military Academy of Mitzpe Ramon – Negev Desert, Israel. (1969-1971)
This small Synagogue, which can accomodate about 100 people, was the result of a research Heckner did on combining geometric cells. The building is made of concrete, facetted like a crystal. The hexagons are reminiscent of the six pointed Star of David. The triangles let in air and indirect light and create a religious space that combines remarkably well with the concrete walls.
Source: Edward van Voolen. Joodse Kunst en Cultuur (Jewish Art and Culture) 2006.