kister scheithauer gross architekten: ulm synagogue kister scheithauer gross architekten: ulm synagogue
dec 10, 2012

kister scheithauer gross architekten: ulm synagogue

‘ulm synagogue’ by kister scheithauer gross architekten, ulm, germanyimage © christian richtersall images courtesy of kister scheithauer gross architekten

 

 

taking first place in the competition to design the new ‘ulm synagogue’ for the orthodox community of weinhof, cologne-nased practice kister scheithauer gross architekten recently handed the project over to the public after 20 months of construction. located in a historically sensitive site, just a few meters from the original temple which was destroyed during kristallnacht of 1938, the simple and powerful cube sits 24 meters wide, 16 meters deep and 12 meters high and includes not only a place of worship but also a community center. the new structure contains a foyer, synagogue, mikvah, meeting hall, school, administrative rooms, child day care center and an enclosed outdoor playing area located above the sacral chamber, all organized orthogonally except for the synagogue itself, which is arranged in a diagonal axis facing the southeast corner of the building, facing jerusalem. that same corner of the house created an opportunity for a unique illumination, using a high-pressure water jet to perforate 600 holes into the block playing with the tessellated pattern of the start of david, illuminating the interior torah shrine.

 

 

main synagogue spaceimage © christian richters

 

 

interior of the shrine, illuminated by the star of david perforations in the wallimage © christian richters

 

 

view towards the historical sitesimage © christian richters

 

 

image © christian richters

 

 

perforated wall faces jerusalemimage © christian richters

 

 

glowing fenestration at nightimage © christian richters

 

 

image © christian richters

 

 

site plan

 

 

project info:

 

 

structural analysis: dr.-ing. w.naumann & partner, kölnthermo gravimetric analysis: zwp ag, kölnacoustics: isrw dr.-ing. klapdor gmbh, düsseldorfbuilding physics: ing.-büro für bauphysik heinrichs, kölnfire safety: bft cognos, aachencompetition: 11/2009performance time: 2010-2012start of construction: 03/2011completion: 12/2012gross floor space: 1.980 m²performance phases: 1 – 4 plus artistic direction and master detailsconstruction costs: 4.6 million euros

  • the lattice window is a very clever device

    it reminds me of Nouvel’s Institut du Monde Arabe (how’s that for irony?)

    dbkii says:
  • Another synagogue groping for symbolism, humility and relevance.

    Kenneth Smythe says:
  • OH, look, it is another box..

    idle_crane says:
  • TENÍA MUCHO TIEMPO QUE NO SENTÍA ALGO ESPECIAL, POR UN EDIFICIO COMO LO ES ESTE (SINAGOGA) LA SIMPLICIDAD, LA PUREZA Y EL DETALLE CON LA QUE ESTÁN TRABAJADAS ES SOBERBIO, COMO EL ARQUITECTO, SUPO LLEVAR UN TODO A ALGO TAN PARTICULAR COMO LO ES ESTA SINAGOGA, MENOS ES MÁS, TENÍA TODA LA RAZÓN EL ARQUITECTO LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, DEFINITIVAMENTE EL ARQUITECTO SE CONVIRTIÓ EN UN ARTISTA DE LA ABSTRACCIÓN… MIS FELICITACIONES… SIMPLE Y LLANAMENTE SOBERBIO… GRACIAS A DESIGNBOOM POR COMPARTIRME A TODOS ESTOS ARTISTAS QUE YO COMO ARQUITECTO ME HA SERVIDO ENORMEMENTE PARA ABRIR MÁS MI MENTE…

    ARQ.L. CESAR MUÑOZ A. says:

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