Midrash Share Beraja | ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea

Midrash Share Beraja State of Mexico, Mexico / Mexico / 2021

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The opportunity to design this temple, located in the State of Mexico, was a new and very pleasant experience for the entire team. Designing a religious space requires a deep understanding of many religious issues, in this case the Jewish one, for which we rely on several experts to be sure that we consider all aspects such as: orientations, type of materials, customs, history and a long etc. Our goal was to design a very comfortable space that is ideal for prayers and that also becomes a great place for the community to learn and meet. 


The temple is located in conjunction with a residential building and shares completely independent accesses to the building. Towards the street façade, it is a sober and discreet building, with a modulated façade in glass and black granite, with a rhythm that allows the entry of natural light towards the vertical circulation. 


The men area is located on the ground floor, there are double study tables and the entire space is very flexible, avoiding fixed elements to achieve any configuration that is needed. There is a generous double-height space that connects with the second level, where women carry out their activities, and with a large dome located in the central part of the building that allows natural light to enter and frames the entire view and sense towards the Haron Hakodesh, where the Torah is kept, the most important space in the temple's design.


On the upper floor there is a balcony area for women and an open area to take classes when it is necessary to increase the capacity to receive a greater number of attendees. There is also the office of the Rabbi of the temple, as well as the storage and a kitchen that serves the breakfasts. Both levels have bathroom services and coffee area. 


The bookcases that were made with a special design received particular attention in this project, a detailed record was made by dimensions to achieve adequate spaces to receive them, in addition to considerations for their management and conservation. 


The result is a very elegant space, covered with very warm materials, which beside considering the intensity of the traffic, transmit the necessary serenity and peace in the room. The selection includes natural stone, a gray travertine marble, porcelain floors, and oak wood. Lighting plays a very important role; it is a combination of natural and artificial light through the design of boxes with indirect light.


 


 


Category: Institutional


Project design: ARCO Contemporary Architecture


Arch. Bernardo Lew


Arch. José Lew


Arch. José Memun


Collaborators: Oscar Sarabia, Azucena Santillán, Rebeca Villa, Adalid Mendoza, Miguel Ocampo, Federico Teista, Cynthia Luna, Beatriz Canuto


Location: State of Mexico, Mexico


Year: 021


Area: 486 m2


Photography: Jaime Navarro

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    The opportunity to design this temple, located in the State of Mexico, was a new and very pleasant experience for the entire team. Designing a religious space requires a deep understanding of many religious issues, in this case the Jewish one, for which we rely on several experts to be sure that we consider all aspects such as: orientations, type of materials, customs, history and a long etc. Our goal was to design a very comfortable space that is ideal for prayers and that also becomes a great...

    Project details
    • Year 2021
    • Work finished in 2021
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Temples
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