Congregation Beth Israel
Completed in 2014, the project is an extensive renovation and expansion of the existing synagogue built in 1948. The existing sanctuary was repurposed for social and educational activities, and a new house of worship was added. The new addition features an entry forecourt, terraced landscaping and a colourful glass canopy that washes the building with ethereal amber and golden light.
The new sanctuary features a massive wall clad in variegated slabs of Jerusalem stone that surrounds the Ark and Holy Scriptures housed within. A narrow skylight washes the stone wall in natural light. Upholstered pews form concentric arcs around a raised Bimah to create an intimate setting for worship. The sanctuary expands from 400-seats to 1,400-seats during High Holy Days.
Faith and Form Religious Architecture Award
Masonry Institute of British Columbia Award
Vancouver Regional Construction Association Award