from form to function

tribeca synagogue, although having a history fraught with difficulties, is one of the most interesting points of the new york city today.

it was founded in 1938 for jewish commuters working in downtown manhattan but it didn’t have a proper building until william n. breger, the harvard-educated chairman of the architectural design at the pratt institute, designed the new home in the late 60’s.

the structure has a convex concrete exterior which is truly striking and pretentious while the interior is very embracing and protecting—which can be associated with the sociological conditions of the jewish communities. 

the most remarkable feature of this curvy surface is that it provides acoustical support during the sabbath—the jewish holy day when they can’t use electrical sound amplifications. its form that turns into function stands out between new york’s classic architectural texture. 

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photos & text: kemal yılmaz

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