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Composition of light, rhythm of time.

About the project

The synagogue project has become a kind of challenge for PAINTIT. We had to work with a space that obviously had a number of rules and restrictions in content. We had to work with a space that obviously had a number of rules and restrictions in content. It was decided to rethink the interior of the synagogue not through rich decoration, but through the ratio of minimalist forms, the play of accent light and geometric rhythms. The main task of the project can be described by literally quoting the customer: “Make it so beautiful that I don’t want to leave here,” and the techniques we chose provided just such an effect.

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LOCATION

The object is located in the historical part of Kyiv – on Podil. This obligated us as architects to pay due attention not only to the functional purpose of the object itself, observing all the canons and traditions, but also to take into account the importance of historical buildings.

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TASK

The synagogue is located on the 1st floor of a residential building and has its own separate entrance group.
When we started working on the object, we faced a lot of difficulties, including the fact that the synagogue is located on the 1st floor of a residential building.

RECONSTRUCTION PROCESS

When we started the process of dismantling the old building structures, we found an old beautiful brick behind the drywall walls. Despite the fact that the project had already been completed and agreed upon, we decided together with the customer to leave the old brickwork. We restored every brick, it was a very difficult job, but the result was not long in coming.

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Some decisions were dictated to us by the location itself: in the original project there was no brickwork, but we found it by dismantling the old finish. We cleaned out every seam and polished every centimeter of the “native” wall at the end of the hall, which eventually housed the aron a-kodesh – the so-called synagogue ark, in which the Torah scrolls are stored. We managed to achieve a symbolic combination of visual and zonal solutions: a place endowed with special holiness in synagogues and containing the wisdom of the Pentateuch of Moses is located in that part of the room that exposes textured old brick and seems to pay tribute to the walls themselves.

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We used marble for wall cladding. Every detail has been drawn by our team.

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LIGHT

The arches have become a meaningful visual device for the project. The arched structures on the windows and in the aron Hakodesh already described not only subordinate the entire design project to a common denominator, but also endow the synagogue with a special character and influence the perception of the proportions of the room. Lighting plays an equally important role: especially for this project, we developed 380 unique ceiling lamps, and the central arch has a spectacular light end – a bima is installed in this place, where people pray. Light has become an accentuation tool in the architectural scenario of the synagogue, creating the atmosphere of comfort and emotional connection necessary for such places.

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ZONING
We had to work with a space that obviously had a number of rules and restrictions in content. One of the tasks that was set for our team was the zoning of the premises into the male part and the female part. But it was necessary to provide something mobile and easily removed. We suggested to the client to develop independently a screen that could fulfill this task.

 

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We are a team of architects from Kyiv, Ukraine with more than 10 years of experience.

Due to the military attack on Ukraine we had to hard stop of all the ongoing projects in the own country.

Now we are looking for projects around the world and will be glad to cooperate.

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