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East End Temple

Project Type

Community

Occupancy

2003

Location

Gramercy, NYC

Client

East End Temple
"This is an amazing transformation of a Richard Morris Hunt house into a temple, which expertly blends art and architecture."
Faith & Form Awards Jury

Our design for the East End Temple’s new home the Stuyvesant Square Historic District restores the luster to the historic façade while the new interior architecture celebrates the contemporary spirit of the congregation. The renovation of this 1888 former residence—designed by the acclaimed New York architect Richard Morris Hunt—included creating space for a double-height Sanctuary in the already partially built rear yard. Light is introduced from an unexpected break in the ceiling plane that shifts the orientation of worship to true east. The Sanctuary is designed to balance the synagogue’s need for flexibility of use within a greater sense of permanence and reverential calm. Many other architectural elements highlight aspects of the religious service. As one example, ten custom lights, each slightly different, hang from the ceiling as a reflection of the ten men needed for a minyan.

Awards:
National AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture, 2004
Faith & Form Magazine/IFRAA Honor Award for Liturgical/Interior Design, 2005
Faith & Form Magazine/IFRAA Merit Award for Custom Lamp, 2005

Publications:
Fred Bernstein. “Silence is Golden,” Interior Design magazine: December 2004

Collaborators:
Anthony Gennaro Consulting Engineers – structural; LWC – MEP; Kugler Tillotson Associates (now Kugler Ning) – lighting design; Alison Berger – custom lighting; The Farm – metal work; Eagle Custom Furniture – furniture design; Design 2100 – custom pews

Photos by Jonathan Wallen