Synagogue in Kyiv by PAINTIT

Designed by PAINTIT, this lovely synagogue is located in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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The synagogue mission turned a form of problem for PAINTIT. We have been anticipated to work with an area that intentionally has quite a lot of guidelines and restrictions on filling. It was determined to rethink the inside of the synagogue not due to the wealthy ornament, however due to the ratio of minimalist kinds, the play of accent mild and geometric rhythms. The primary process of the mission might be described by actually quoting the shopper: “Make it so lovely that I don’t wish to go away right here”, and the chosen methods offered simply such an impact.

We drew flooring patterns ourselves – together with “anchor” sockets at buffer factors, which serve not solely as ornament, but in addition as a form of navigation.

Some choices have been dictated to us by the situation itself: within the authentic mission there was no brickwork, however we found it after dismantling the outdated ornament. We cleaned each seam and polished each centimeter of the “native” wall on the finish of the corridor, subsequent to which was positioned the aron a-kodesh – the so-called synagogue ark, through which the Torah scrolls are saved. We managed to realize a symbolic mixture of visible and zonal options: the place, endowed in synagogues with the particular sanctity and knowledge of the Pentateuch of Moses, is positioned in that a part of the room that exposes textured outdated bricks and appears to pay tribute to the partitions themselves.

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Arches for the mission turned a significant visible method. The arched constructions on the home windows and the already described aron a-kodesh not solely subordinate the whole design mission to a typical denominator, but in addition give the synagogue a particular character and have an effect on the notion of the proportions of the room. Lighting performs an equally essential position: particularly for this mission, we developed 380 distinctive ceiling lamps, and the central arch has a spectacular mild finish – a bima is put in right here, the place folks pray. Gentle turned a device of accentuation within the architectural situation of the synagogue, which creates the ambiance of consolation and emotional connection vital for such locations.

Pictures by Shurpenkov Andrii


– by Matt Watts