Religious Architecture

Q&A: Michael Rotondi on Sacred Spaces

Principal of RoTo Architecture, Michael Rotondi, discusses how he approaches designing spaces for relatively unknown religions.

Image courtesy of Michael Rotondi, Roto Architecture. Michael Rotondi, principal of RoTo Architecture, is well known for his architectural work and intellectual rigor. One area of his expertise is the design of sacred spaces. Curious about his thoughts on designing spaces for some relatively unknown religions, how he finds information about the religions themselves and their traditions, how or if he…

In Philadelphia, an Abandoned Bottling Plant Is a Makeshift Synagogue

Nestled in the Northern Liberties neighborhood, the site questions the nature of sacred space.

“Building for sale, pray within” Photography courtesy the author An abandoned 70,000-square-foot bottling plant in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood was just the right source for Rabbi Gedaliah Lowenstein, seventh generation Californian, to tap for his new synagogue. Of course, the price was also just right—rent free. An agreement with generous and supportive building owners, though, designated that the building could…