Civic/Cultural Agudas Achim Synagogue of
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Agudas Achim Synagogue

Austin, TX

Inspired by the design of early nomadic tents, Lake|Flato envisioned a light-filled limestone enclosure surrounding a communal tent-like space. The traditional square plan is used to bring the service to the congregant. Light permeates the sanctuary with an ethereal glow. The Texas sun is diffused through a sky-lit oculus in the center of a Star of David 40 feet above, while clerestories allow daylight to slide behind the cantilevered concrete balconies. The ever-changing patterns of light that result wash over and animate the creamy Sisterdale limestone walls.
Photography: Paul Rocheleau

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The design reflects the region’s vernacular sense of architectural space and materials. The detailing is exceptional, achieving harmony with an economy of means. The design addresses what is most needed, and nothing more — the essence of Quaker spirituality.
Juror, Faith & Form International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture