Dirtworks, PC was part of a team selected to expand the Westchester Reform Temple and Center for Jewish Learning into a setting that embodies the spirit of the congregation and ideas of the community.
The landscape unites the original building by Marcel Breuer, its subsequent expansions and the new Sanctuary. Groves of multi-stem birch soften the temple façade and provide a sense of privacy and screening while still allowing views through. The result is a subtle yet powerful sense of separation and connection. The Sanctuary Walk, framed by the grove and seasonally interesting shrubs, creates a serene and contemplative arrival to the Sanctuary. The Arrival Garden, a space for gathering and greeting, offers a glimpse of the Sanctuary Garden beyond.
The project received the prestigious Religious Architecture Award for Liturgical / Interior Design from Faith & Form, the international Journal on Religion, Art & Architecture (in 2014).