JRC Synagogue

Evanston, IL
Foto © Steve Hall
Foto © Steve Hall
Foto © Steve Hall
Foto © Steve Hall
Dibujo © Ross Barney Architects
Dibujo © Ross Barney Architects
Foto © Steve Hall
Foto © Steve Hall
Foto © Steve Hall
Foto © Steve Hall
Arquitectos
Ross Barney Architects
Ubicación
Evanston, IL
Año
2008
Coste
1 millón - 100 millones
Pisos
1 - 5 pisos
Client

Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation

Program
42,000 square foot Synagogue

Photography
Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing Photographers

LEED PLATINUM CERTIFIED
AIA COTE TOP TEN GREEN PROJECT

JRC’s commitment to Tikkun Olam – Hebrew for “repairing the world” – informed the design of the new 31,600 sf synagogue.  The first house of worship to achieve LEED Platinum required a holistic approach to sustainable strategies.  

The solution, a precious wooden box, is a visual testament to these values. The wood cladding is recycled cypress harvested from demolished barns.  The building makes a sustainable transition by using  existing foundations and demolition spoils as engineered fill.  Trees that could not be preserved were harvested for use within the building. Construction waste was placed in gabions and used to create site features.  40% of materials are regionally manufactured with Jerusalem Stone as the deliberate exception.  The Jerusalem stone wall, representing less than 1% of the modest $230/sf cost, was included for its spiritual connection and anchors the box to create a baseline for all activities. The processional stair outside the wall provides a meaningful and eventful transition between spaces.

Offices, early childhood program, and chapel occupy the first floor; religious school and library are on the second floor; the sanctuary, social hall and kitchen are on the third floor, a strategy that allowed cost effective construction of high volume space for the sanctuary.

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