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Name   Jewish Community of Japan
     
Architects   MAKI, FUMIHIKO
     
Date   2009
     
Address   Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
     
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Floor Plan   1915.58 SQ.M.
     
Description   The Jewish Community of Japan is a private center supporting the life and culture of Tokyo’s Jewish community. A generous anonymous donation allowed for the planning of this new center to begin in 2006. The basement houses parking and a ritual cleansing bath. The first level houses a multi-purpose space for 200 people, a supporting kosher kitchen, and a smaller lounge for more intimate gatherings. The second level houses an 86-seat synagogue, classrooms, a library, and the Rabbi residence. By placing the multi-purpose space on the north side and the synagogue to the south and staggering the building section, both spaces are afforded a maximum ceiling height within the restricted overall zoning envelope. A light-filled atrium mediates the area between these spaces and serves as the main entry point for the complex. The exterior is characterized by cedar board formed concrete, with custom-patterned tile surfaces on the street and garden facades.
     
     
     
     
     
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