Project Size: 51,000 square feet
The Vishnitz Orthodox Chasidic community in Williamsburg, New York required a new five story school building, with a cellar level. To reflect the tradition and origins of the community, the exterior design of the building was created in a way that combines the traditional geometry and symbolism of an original synagogue in Ukraine with modern technologies and innovative new materials. A three story curtain wall glass gives the building a vertical presence, while the limestone base and fifth floor colonnade provide horizontal depth. The corners pillars are reminiscent of the original synagogue in Vyzhnytsia. The project includes classrooms, multipurpose rooms, lunchroom, offices, two-story synagogue and ritual bath.