Tikkun Olam, a Jewish concept defined by acts of kindness to repair the world manifests itself through an assertive use of sustainable and ethical architecture.
The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue became the world’s first LEED Platinum house of worship and balances an ambitious program, sustainable rigor, and small site while maintaining a modest budget.
The response is a holistic approach to aesthetics, materials, and nature. Exterior wood cladding was recycled from demolished barns while the ceremonial door is composed from trees removed from the site during construction, paying homage to the congregation’s history. The existing building’s foundations and demolition spoils make up a perimeter gabion wall that frames the site.
Offices, classrooms, and adaptable community spaces occupy the lower levels while the sanctuary, accessed by a processional stair, sits atop the tree canopy. Throughout the year, nature affords congregants a sublime backdrop for worship, fellowship, and community.