Kesher Synagogue

Englewood, NJ

A progressive and community-minded orthodox congregation which was once crammed in a modest residential (converted) building, has given way to a new modern facility.  Our charge was to design a new building which reflects the values, sense of community, and spirituality of the congregation family.  The existing site is situated on the edge of a residential zone.

In an attempt to be both sensitive to the surrounding neighborhood and fulfill the program requirements, the building is organized into three distinct volumes in a U- shaped configuration, utilizing warm materials commonly used in residential construction (i.e. cedar stone, EIFS, so that the structure will not overwhelm its surroundings).  The open u-shape plan embraces the main street with an abundance of glass and transparency gesturing an open and welcoming feeling to the community.

21,000 square feet