A w a r d W i n n i n g A r c h i t e c t u r e, I n t e r i o r D e s i g n a n d P l a n n i n g
Temple Rodef Shalom
This 61,500sf project included a large addition with a social hall, library, meeting rooms and classroom spaces as well as a complete renovation of the original building.
The architects designed a spacious and open “Grand Hall” to serve as a pre and post function gathering space that also unifies the primary programmatic parts of the building. The Grand Hall and entrance terraces are sized and arranged to accommodate both large and small groups of people and are designed to promote and encourage social interaction among congregants. Architects have historically used columns to signify the most important institutions of their time and so Ritter Architects treated the Grand Hall as a “world of columns”. The columns modulate the entry area spaces and make them honorific by their presence throughout.
To relate the building to Jewish history, the architects designed a series of wall fragments made of limestone imported from Israel, the same stone as found in the ancient walls and buildings of Jerusalem. The congregants experience this Jerusalem Wall each time they visit the synagogue – they walk by it and through it, they move up and down along the wall, much like people experience the ancient ruins among the hills of old Jerusalem.
Northern Virginia Chapter AIA, Award of Merit in Architecture
Virginia Society AIA, Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture
Client: Temple Rodef Shalom
Location: McLean VA
Structural: Ehlert Bryan
MEP: Potomac Energy Group
Contractor: Jack Bays Inc.
Photography: Hoachlander Davis Photography & Robert C. Lautman