Art: Endless Cave in Jerusalem

Atop one of Jerusalem's olive-tree-cluttered ridges stands one of man's most unusual monuments to the past. Against the skyline, a white-tiled dome swells from a watery moat to contrast with a black basalt wall aflicker with flames. These dramatic structures mark the new home, dedicated last week, for Israel's collection of Dead Sea Scrolls (see opposite).

Necessary Mystery. When the U.S. team of architects, M.I.T.-trained Armand Bartos and Viennese-born Frederick Kiesler were approached by the Israeli government and asked to build a shrine for the scrolls, they knew that a boxlike building could...

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