The Sophie & Nathan Gumenick Chapel at Temple Israel of Greater Miami
Built in 1967 by Kenneth Treister, FAIA.
The most significant of the synagogue’s additions is the Gumenick Chapel. Architect Kenneth Treister developed the highly sculptural form of this chapel, seeking to create a bridge between art and architecture. Constructed using ferro-cement, a process in which concrete is sprayed over metal, reinforcing the wire mesh, the organic form recalls the Art Nouveau work of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona. Similar to Gaudi’s all-encompassing design work, Treister designed the furnishings for the chapel in addition to the building and interiors. Its abstract stainedglass windows, designed by Benoit Gilsoul and Karel Dupre, are made of more than 2,200 thick chunks of colored Belgian glass set in epoxy.
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