Central Reform Congregation
St. Louis, Missouri
Working with a growing congregation to provide a home for religious worship, educational programs and meeting spaces, the new Sukkat Shalom (meaning "Shelter of Peace") was the first synagogue constructed in the city of St. Louis in over a half century. Designed around the Oneg, a circular gathering space, the congregation's feelings of connectedness, spirtuality and social commitment were expressed. To respond to the surrounding context, the front door of the building is oriented to the street to reinforce the concept that the synagogue is a good neighbor to its broader community.