Magdala Center

Location: Galilea, Israel
Architect: Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta
Collaborators: Luis Enrique Mendoza, José Barreto, Jesse Rodríguez, Christian Santillano, Iván Martínez, Susana Rodríguez, Josué Vázquez, Isabel , Georgina Duarte, Regina Rivero. Ramón Álvarez
Renders: Jesse Rodríguez, Christian Santillano, Josué Vásquez
Year: 2009

Magdala Center. This project—on the banks of the Sea of Galilee—is designed to be a place of rest and reflection. The various buildings are scattered throughout the lot, making the most of the plentiful olive and orange trees so that visitors meditate during their strolls. The project is split into two parts by a road. Alongside the road, a parking area gives access to a multimedia auditorium and an ecumenical chapel. The rest of the project is located between the road and the shore. A long building parallel to the shore contains the rooms and offices
offices and enjoy a sea view. On the sea shore visitors coming from other ports alight at a jetty which leads to a restaurant overlooking the sea. Most of the volumes are clad in local yellow stone so the buildings blend with the terrain. The project seeks to construct the most important representational symbols of the Catholic church from the region and manages to hide itself within the surrounding vegetation to create private, contemplative and reflective spaces.