CONGREGATION KOL AMI WHITE PLAINS, NY
Like so many congregations in recent years, Kol Ami has begun an effort to adapt their current facility to accommodate 21st century worship practices. PKSB entered a design competition to renovate the existing 280 seat sanctuary.
The goal of the design is to maximize and augment the architectural character of the original and to provide a sanctuary that is unique to Kol Ami. Inspired by the Miskan (Tabernacle) as described in Exodus, the proposed ceiling is a tent-like structure that floats freely in the double-height space. Its shape highlights the ark which is housed within its own shrine, a Kodesh Hakodashim (the Holy of Holies).
To accommodate a diversity of services and varying numbers of participants, flexible seating and a movable reading table is proposed. A new window design emphasizes the verticality of the space and allows for the incorporation of existing stained glass elements and yahrzeit memorial plaques.