Buildings for worship are a specialty of The Goldstein Partnership. We have designed religious facilities for many different faiths, for congregations of as few as 300 to as many as 6,000 members. Through our shaping of physical form, we endeavor to give each of our religious buildings a unique and memorable identity, reflecting the tenets of its spiritual leader, inspiring its congregants. From the shape of the Sanctuary to the pattern of its flooring, from the colors of its walls to the orientation of its windows, geomentry, symbolism, and ornament are the meas by which we manifest the aspects specific to each faith. Wherever possible, we try to integrate artifacts illustrating the history of a congregation into its new home.
Today, houses of worship are more than simply houses of worship; they also include classrooms and social halls, and the facilities (such as offices and commercial kitchens) needed to support them. In fact, Sanctuaries and Chapels are often used fewer hours per week than any other spaces in a contemporary religious facility. In many respects, today's church or synagogue is more like a Community Center than a traditional house of worship.
Through extensive discussion and first-hand observation, we immerse ourselves in the culture of each of our religious building clients. We then work with them to determine how best to serve their specific needs. To accommodate crowds of varying size, we design spaces which can be combined or separated. To accommodate limited funds, we develop plans that can be implemented in phases. To accommodate users of different ages and capabilities, we make our religious facilities accessible to all.
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