Thursday, March 29, 2012
Synagogue in Mainz by Manuel Herz
Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Prize for European architecture in 2011, the Mainz Synagogue by Manuel Herz represents the bold rebuilding of the Jewish community in Mainz, Germany. A Jewish presence has existed in Mainz for at least a millennium and produced many religious scholars, but over that period the community has been periodically eradicated and refounded.
The new synagogue and community center is the latest communal revival and is built on the site of the former synagogue. Unlike many synagogues designed in the post Holocaust era that try not to draw too much attention to themselves, the Mainz Synagogue offers an urban square in front of the main entrance.
See the project described in greater detail on Manuel Herz Architects' web site here.