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Overview
Client: Kfar Habad Community
Location: Kfar Habad, Israel
Size: 460m2
Date of completion: 2012

Raichik schul, in memory of Rabbi Yosef Raichik will provide a "Davenen" space for some 150 men and women, “Cheder Sheni, Cheder kidushim” and Mikveh.
Its carefully chosen prime location is within the newly constructed neighbourhood of kfar Chabad and will provide an intimate yet welcoming building and outdoor space.

The proposed design conveys both respectfulness and simplicity characteristics by which we recall and cherish the late Rabbi. The building’s form is a response to the nature of the site and a desire to create simple, legible forms and spaces.

First, the importance of the spatial atmosphere in the "Davenen" main hall, orientation to Jerusalem and making full advantage of solar orientation in order to maximise use of natural light and ventilation. The main access to the synagogue is via a footpath along its southern main façade, the entrance is created by a joint between two forms and functions; the main "Davenen" hall and the kitchen providing a generous entrance. "Ezrat Nashim" is accessible further along the same footpath wrapping around the building providing women with a dual access to the "Cheder sheni" and main "Davenen" hall.
 
The arrangement of the building masses create a hierarchy and visual clarity from outside as well as within. The two main "Davenen" halls are higher in volume and are linked in their architectural language, connecting them are a visually distinct set of public spaces providing necessary amenities.

The building will be designed to be efficient in its use of material resources in construction and of energy in occupation. The appropriateness and feasibility of on-site energy generation, rain water harvesting and gray water runoff would be the subject of specialist review at a later stage.