While working with a synagogue in New York, we pursued a speculative design that creates a new, shared building for a residential condominium and the synagogue. This “SynaCondo” typology is relevant to many religious organizations with similar development opportunities.
Our client’s existing sanctuary is located on the second floor (no elevator) but does not have exterior views. Relocating the sanctuary to the lower level under the rear yard garden allows them to utilize the subterranean space, while providing better access and natural lighting from above.
The garden landscape is structured around a series of skylights which bring daylight to the sanctuary below. From the street, the synagogue appears as a glowing, warm, wood structure emanating from the solid, gray stone condominium. Upon entering, the visitor is welcomed by the serene view of the rear garden and the intimate daily chapel. A generous curved wood stair leads to the lower level with the sanctuary and social hall. The synagogue’s education center (library, seminar rooms and offices) is located on the second floor.
The luxury condominium above is comprised of comfortable one- and two-bedroom apartments. A number of unique penthouse apartments with views and terraces are located on the tenth floor and the upper four floors.
Renderings: Ryan McLaughlin