Sha’arei Torah Synagogue
Located in a park-like setting in a residential suburban neighborhood, the design of Sha’arei Torah synagogue reflects its surroundings. Its scale, materials and low, gabled forms are in keeping with neighboring houses. Its location on the highest hill on the site, in accordance with Jewish tradition, provides expansive views of meadows, woods and water while its ground-hugging, horizontal massing fits unobtrusively in the landscape. Large windows and glazed clerestories take advantage of the views, bring in abundant natural light and connect indoors to out. Broad roof overhangs provide shade in summer, visually extend the building into the landscape and provide the sanctuary an appropriate sense of shelter. Natural materials and earth-tone colors further integrate building and landscape while the visual weight of the stone base and vertical elements anchor the building firmly to its site.
The program includes a 3500 sf sanctuary, meeting room and various support spaces. The plan allows for future expansion comprising classrooms and administrative spaces.