Jewish Community of Japan

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.

Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Completion Date: 2009
Building Type: Community Center
Structural System: Reinforced Concrete
Number of Floors: 1 Basement + 2 Stories
Site Area: 1,076.34m²
Building Area: 644.01m²
Total Floor Area: 1,915.58m²
Structural Engineer: Kojima Structural Design Office
Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: P.T. Morimura and Associates
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