Kibuts Galuyot Synagogue [KGS]
2011 - Ongoing Tiberias, Israel
Nimrod Meir Levi
David Even –Tzur Engineers
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The main idea of this project was the will to create a place which provides comfort and modern environment to the public and on the other hand, preserve the spirit of the place. The site allowed creating a new entrance through the bridge which basically functions as a public space and as integral part of the synagogue main entrance. It is important to note that interested accessibility difficulties of mobility were an important component during the design process. The sanctuary, located in the southeast corner of the prayer hall, generate a fan-shape setting arrangement, like at the past years of the Sanhedrin in Tiberius. The main hall accommodates 160 worshipers at the entry level and more 40 women's at the gallery which overhangs the main hall. The simple act of separating the envelope corners create a sense of structural lightness and allowed to use natural light as an integral material at the design solution of the synagogue.