Archive for the ‘Master Plans’ Category

American Hebrew Academy

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

A major endowment has been made to create a boarding school for 800 students in rural North Carolina with a strong commitment to academic excellence and religious tradition. One hundred acres of rolling woodlands have been purchased and the program has been developed to match the academic and religious aspirations to the natural character of the site.

Historically the link between religion and study has been strong. Campus plans often focus around a chapel or worship center and that concept is the primary generator of this Master Plan Concept. At the American Hebrew Academy the Synagogue or Bet Midrash will be the essence of the campus. Located at the rural center of the campus at the landing of the central ravine on the lakeside inlet, the Bet Midrash, like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem forms the, spiritual and spatial heart of the Academy. From the prayer and study centre, a gently curving wall of Jerusalem stone climbs the northern ridge to the secured entrance, defining terraces for the more specialized academic buildings and creating a pedestrian street [with all vehicular traffic and utilities hidden below] reminiscent of old Jerusalem.

To the south of the Bet Midrash, climbing the more gentle ridges along the lakeside, the student homes catch the prevailing southeastern breezes as they cluster along narrow streets.

The Bet Midrash defines an intimately scaled plaza at the heart of the campus. Central in plan as well as function, the plaza will be active throughout the day from morning prayer, library study, and services to meal-time dining and continuing circulation to and from classes and residences. The dining hall is located at the north side of the plaza, the first resident homes along the south side and the headmaster and visiting scholars will frame the western edge as it opens onto the lake.

Congregation Anshe Torah

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

A new Temple for the 400 family congregation on the rolling planes outside Plano. The seven acre site is adjacent to a railroad line, car dealership and golf driving range, resulting in an inward focused scheme and creating protected courtyards and controlled views. A water garden in the small court off the sanctuary Bimah provides a shimmering reflections and the quiet sound of water to set the tone for the sanctuary and assures a coherent spiritual experience.

The Master Plan allows for incremental expansion with a strong relationship and connectivity as the congregation grows. The dynamic spiral design creates a strong central focus and encourages incremental growth with a clear and organized relationship.

Temple Beth El

Monday, January 4th, 2010

A large Reform Congregation was built in multiple phases and architectural styles, a diverse complex, creating a confusing image, inefficient and difficult circulation pattern with many spaces inaccessible for the handicapped, dated and failing mechanical systems, no clear drop-off or vehicular entry. There was also a need to accommodate expanding programs for new functional requirements including growing educational and social activities. Multiple design ideas and strategies were presented and discussed. Strong and exciting concepts were discovered and explored, yielding a powerful Master Plan.

Beth Israel Center

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

In April of 2008, Landau Harding began a feasibility, master planning study for BIC at their current location. Our charge was to establish a current and future functional Space Needs Assessment and to examine the current building and property. We then developed 3 Conceptual Options, and Blocking and Stacking Diagrams for addressing these physical and programmatic needs along with conceptual estimates. All Options were to maximize parking, be fully handicapped accessible and provide a sustainable, green design.

With significant input from the entire Congregation, 6 Focus Groups and the continuous valuable contribution and interaction with the BIC Development Committee we created clear and exciting options The 2 ½ level Floor Plan needed attention on both the lower and main level. With the reorganization of the administrative and educational space on the lower level, a clear and inviting new circulation pattern was established encouraging easy connection with the renovated and improved religious, social and public spaces on the level above.

Har Sinai Temple

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

A 400 family Reform Congregation that is relocating from a deteriorating urban location to a suburban 9 site The first Phase of the Master Plan is to renovate an existing office building into educational and office space and to add a multi-purpose worship space. The second Phase will be to add a new 28,000sf Synagogue with primarily space for Religious and Social functions.