Beth Meyer Synagogue
Raleigh, NC

The architecture attempts to redefine and reinterpret Jewish symbols, historical references, and traditional motifs. The backbone of the scheme is a panelized brick wall to which all major building functions refer. This wall, reminiscent of the Western Wall in Jerusalem, incorporates the Ark (a reinterpreta-tion of the “Golden Gate”). The brick spine is naturally lit by the menorah-shaped clerestory above, and presents a memorable image both for the congregation and public.

Freestanding mahogany screen walls define the sanctuary and incorporate large disappearing panels, creating a sense of permanence, while allowing for expansion (the seating capacity varies from 240 to 1000 people by opening into the flanking social hall and 2-level school).