A new synagogue was designed for the Cheshire Reform Community, replacing the existing structure, on a leafy residential site in south Manchester. The new building design creates a balance between the need for civic presence and the creation of a secure and managed worshipping environment for the community.
The main prayer hall is a large flexible and bright space that is designed to be sub-divided. When fully open the hall is a large airy space, top lit with a continuous run of high level windows, connecting the building into the mature gardens. Sub-dividing the room is done with large rettractable screens that can create three separate spaces for more intimate meetings and education groups.