Metropolis: ‘A Progressive Addition Distinguishes a Toronto Synagogue’
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The May 2020 issue of Metropolis Magazine features the renewal and expansion of Holy Blossom Temple by Diamond Schmitt Architects.
To the 1938 Romanesque Revival building, a modernist educational wing and social hall was added in the 1960s that blurred the original clarity and created a "tortured pretzel" of circulation, says Martin Davidson, Principal and project lead.
The design strategy reimagines a central organizing space that links the two sides of the campus, at once solving the circulation problems and creating an atrium - a much-needed social space for the congregation and community.
With a contemporary palette in warm wood panels, blue steel accents, a living wall and four-story sculptural stair, the new space also respects the original features, exposing "a trail of archaeological reveals that attest to the campus’s past lives."
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