The Cymbalista Synagogue

Year Built: 1996

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Architect: Mario Botta

If we were to describe what this building looks like, it probably wouldn't sound pretty. The way Botta harnessed the materials for the inside and outside of the building, though, create drama and interest. Textured bricks break up a largely windowless exterior while strategically placed windows dramatically light the minimalistic and meditative interior.