Temple Beth Elohim

Layers of transparent light create a sense of intimacy and wonder.

This new synagogue features a flexible sanctuary which can accommodate up to 1,000 visitors during High Holy Days, while providing an intimate setting during weekly services throughout the year. Careful visual balance and glare control within the residential community was critical considering the building consists mostly of transparent glass walls. The sanctuary softly glows at night from a combination of layers of light, stimulating a nighttime glow.

State-of-the-art technologies used throughout include superior color rendering ceramic metal halide lamps, reduced-wattage, long-life energy-efficient halogen lamps, and warm white LEDs. Extensive daylighting studies were performed to balance the transparency and sun control within the sanctuary and determine the openness and tilt of the east facing wooden screen behind the arc.

Project Highlights

• Daylighting integration
• Custom chandelier


William Rawn Associates


Project Background

• 42,000 square feet
• $25 million


Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
• Illumination Award of Merit

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