The synagogue roof frame being installed in the museum.
Development of this multi-faceted project took place over ten years. It is an 85-percent-scale replica of the roof structure of a Polish synagogue, designed to reacquaint people with architectural and cultural aspects of Polish synagogues, virtually all of which were destroyed in World War II. The replica, 34 ft. square and 30 ft. tall, now stands in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw. On the interior, students from HandsHouse Studio (who co-organized the project), replicated the beautiful and intricate painted ceiling decorations. The result is both stunning and moving.
Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Handshouse Studio, Maria Pietchotka, Irene Pletka, Assn of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, Boeing, Orlen, Petr Ruzicka, Massachusetts College of Art
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Andrzej Cudak, Robert Supel
Virtually all the synagogues in Poland were destroyed in WWII. This international project recreated their important cultural architecture and singular form. Challenging assembly site (inside museum). A multidisciplinary effort with extensive, elaborate painting by HandsHouse. Used only traditional tools--axe-hewn and pitsawn. Pitsawn. Double roof--synagogue interior and shed exterior. Curved bell tower. Multi-year project, 2011–2013.
Alicia Spence (US), Barbara Czoch (UK), Jacob Bach-Jensen (DK), Gerry David (UK) Jim Kricker (US).
Installation schematic / YouTube/MikeBeganyi
Raise the Roof trailer / polishsynagogue.com
Gerald David, Joel McCarty, Ed Levin
TIMBER FRAMING 101, TIMBER FRAMING 108
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85%-scale Polish synagogue roof reconstruction for museum. 16,000 bd.ft.