equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay
 

equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay

after winning an international competition to transform an old building into a religious space in asunción, paraguay, equipo de arquitectura presents the completion of ‘UHP synagogue’. challenged to create a place of reflection and prayer, the renovation project focuses on the careful use of light and application of materials to imagine a space of introspection and silence, where religion and rite become the main protagonists.

equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay

front façade of the synagogue

all images courtesy of equipo de arquitectura

 

 

after analyzing the masterplan, equipo de arquitectura began the design process by establishing two prisms, one as a threshold and the other as the holy enclosure. these two volumes converge and complement each other, in both shape and structure.

equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay

the angles indicate the entrance to the synagogue

 

 

the outer case works as a strongbox, guiding access to the synagogue through metallic doors that protect the interior. this great container breaks down into two pieces. the first piece builds the transition of scale and frames the synagogue’s entry. the second piece, which is bigger, limits the interior space and sets the temple’s presence. the concept of a prism inside the other is fairly simple, creating a cushion between the exterior, wide open and noisy, towards the interior, silent and spiritual.

equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay

intermediate space of transition

 

 

all the materials express their true nature. raw concrete displays strength and sturdiness to represent the temple’s protection. rusted metal represents resilience, a characteristic of the jewish community. the wood gives shelter to the ceremonial space, creating a warm and comfortable atmosphere, with great acoustics and thermal conditions. thus, the exterior is the antithesis of the interior, creating a dichotomy between outside and inside, cold and warm, noise and silence.

equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay

entrance hall

equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay

interior of the synagogue

equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay

natural light bathes the interior

equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay

natural light, shadows and wood build the inner atmosphere

equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay

morning light enters through the altar

equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay

the sun transforms the interior with a slow but constant movement

equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay

daylight separates the architectural elements such as walls and roof

equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay

the rusty metallic filter is one of the layers that create the sequence of entering the sacred space

equipo de arquitectura applies concrete and rusted metal to restore synagogue in paraguay

the synagogue is located in between mango trees

 

 

project info:

 

project name: UHP synagogue

location: asunción, paraguay

architect: equipo de arquitectura

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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