communal prayer, chapel sanctuary, renovation NYC

Fort Tryon Jewish Center

Washington Heights
New York, New York

The Fort Tryon Jewish Center retained SST’s services to review the developer’s design and assist in determining their needs and improving the plans. Realizing the value of SST’s input they requested that SST be hired as the Interior Architect.
We redesigned the sanctuary, social hall, classrooms and public interior spaces creating a new, clean and functional design reflecting the client’s identity and needs. The original sanctuary design dated from the sixties reflecting the hierarchical, formal and frontal attitudes of the time. Our design transforms the space into a democratic, community centered space.
A “skylight” made of a sheet of LED lights creates a focal point over the center of the room, the location from which the prayer is lead creating space for introspection and spirituality.

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