Project name: Temple Beth Elohim
Project location: Wellesley, Massachusetts
Firm name: William Rawn Associates, Architects
Sited to take advantage of the nearby woods and wetlands, this temple’s sanctuary is breathtaking. From inside, the outside seems very near. Furnishings and the floor covering are elegant. A courtyard extends the sanctuary’s essence into nature while maintaining a sense of the sacred. The ceiling element is soft and appealing and we imagine every visitor must slow down to admire it. The scalability of seating in the sanctuary–from 450 to 1200 seats–is innovative, utterly compelling and is powered by mechanisms that seem seamless, even invisible. Especially remarkable is the way the room continues to feel intimate, equitable, and welcoming across floorplan configurations, which are all based on the circle, making stunning use of pure geometry.
Client: Temple Beth Elohim