When fire destroyed the original Central Synagogue in 1994, Sydney’s Jewish community rallied together to raise funds for their new place of worship. A design competition was launched which Jackson Teece won in 1995 and eventuated in the largest orthodox synagogue in the southern hemisphere.

The design development process included community and council liaison and much interaction with the Jewish community in order to best achieve the appropriate solutions.

Our architectural designs included the Shule (the main place of worship) seating 2000, a hall for 450 people, an administration centre and a youth centre in addition to other associated facilities.

Challenges presented by the project included complex constraints within its urban context and the observance of religious requirements.

Our solutions enabled the new Synagogue to have presence in a residential area - without overwhelming its suburban neighbours with visual impact and bulk.

Acoustics in the main place of worship provided enhanced clarity without amplification, satisfying all the conditions posed by religious requirements.


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