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B’nai Keshet / Montclair, New Jersey

A new 10,000sf sanctuary, social hall and foyer, that are connected to an existing residence that is on the National Historic Register. Utilizing the historic residence for Educational Programs the new addition was delicately connected to the historic structure with the new residentially scaled addition. Strong neighborhood concerns, resulted in a design that was appropriate in scale and character on the exterior and expansive yet intimate on the interior. The Ark was created, crafted and installed by the Nakashima studio. Light monitors create a constant variety and restful patterns of natural light while glowing during evening services.

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    Key Information

  • Existing house on the National Historic Register and converted for Education and Offices
  • Neighborhood scale and character to influence exterior design
  • Flexible Sanctuary with Ark designed by the Nakashima Studio