Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Philadelphia, PA


Temple Adath Israel - Sanctuary Renovations

Temple Adath Israel is a conservative synagogue in suburban Philadelphia. Atkin Olshin Schade Architects worked with Temple Adath Israel on an extensive, multiple phase renovation and addition project for their well-known Pietro Belluschi-designed synagogue, which is distinguished by its openness and striking stained glass ceiling. As other synagogues in the area closed, Temple Adath Israel welcomed their members to their congregation. Consequently, the campus has grown over the years resulting in a confusing entry and circulation system. The congregation needed additional space and a more flexible sanctuary that could accommodate contemporary worship styles.

Our design enhances the characteristic features of Belluschi’s modernist building and addresses current functional and programmatic issues. The renovated sanctuary includes new and restored finishes, lighting, audiovisual systems, and furniture. A new moveable bimah, ark, and glass installation by artist Paul Housberg complement the modernist architecture.

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Status: Built
Location: Merion Station, PA
Additional Credits: Bruce E. Brooks & Associates, MEP Engineer; Keast & Hood Company, Structural Engineer; Beam, Lighting Design; Metropolitan Acoustics, AV; Paul Housberg, Stained Glass Arc Screen