B’NAI YISRAEL SYNAGOGUE

B’NAI YISRAEL SYNAGOGUE

Architect
SKOLNICK Architecture + Design Partnership
Location
Armonk, NY
Project Year
1999
Category
Synagogues
Andrew Garn

B’NAI YISRAEL SYNAGOGUE

SKOLNICK Architecture + Design Partnership as Architects

Master planning and complete architectural design of a new 13,350
sq. ft. facility to replace the existing structure which no longer meets
the needs of this growing congregation. The project includes complete
redesign of the site plan and architectural design for an expandable
sanctuary, social hall, administrative offices, classrooms and library.

From nearly every vantage point within the building, the natural
world remains in view as a constant reminder of the Earth and God’s
creation. Three resonant forms define the building’s volumes and
functions, each making reference to the history and values of Judaism.
A canopy over the sanctuary evokes the nomadic origins of the
Israelites. A wall differentiates the synagogue’s sacred and secular
spaces. A round library suggests the centrality of study to Judaism.
The project was the recipient of the 2001 AIA New York State Merit
Award for design.

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