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Beth Chaim

Reform Congregation


Malvern, PA

This growing Chester County congregation wanted its new building to recall the converted barn that they had been sharing with a Protestant church as their original worship space. The design consists of a flexible sanctuary space that expands into a large social hall. A glass wall along the south wall of the sanctuary overlooks a wooded area and a stream. A deep overhang shades the glass and covers an outdoor terrace that runs the length of the building. A commercial kitchen serves the space in addition to offices, a meeting room and a Judaica shop.  Phase 2 will convert the multipurpose space into a dedicated sanctuary and the new addition will include a new social hall and classrooms.

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