Renderings from Studio St Architects reveal a new 19-story tower located at 347 West 34th Street on the eastern edge of Hudson Yards, Manhattan. Described as a “SynaCondo,” the building’s typology will incorporate a portion of the existing West Side Jewish Center with a condominium volume above.
The synagogue’s existing sanctuary is located on the second floor of the building. In its current condition, the sanctuary is not serviced by an elevator and does not offer any exterior views. Current proposals will reorient the religious component to occupy two basement levels of the building, as well as the first and second above-grade floors.
Beginning at the lowest level, referred to as LL2, the project team has proposed a 2,600-square-foot social hall and associated back-of-house areas for patrons of the synagogue. An additional 1,200 square feet will serve as a flexible multi-purpose room for future occupants. LL1 above will support a 2,000-square-foot sanctuary with two freeform skylights to promote the flow of natural light into the space. Additional areas include 1,425 square feet of classroom space and the sanctuary library.
The ground floor will include separate lobby space for both the synagogue and the condominium, a 760-square-foot chapel, a dedicated entryway to the rear Sukkah Garden for exclusive use by the synagogue, and an curved wood stairway that connects to the lower level.
The second level will house an additional 1,450 square feet of classroom area, 670 square feet of office space, a 600-square-foot library lounge, 300 square feet of administrative space, and views of the Sukkah Garden.
The condominiums will include a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments. The most premium residences will include a tenth-floor terrace apartment and two duplex penthouse units offering four bedrooms. The penthouses will be located between the 16th and 19th floors.
The exterior at the lower level is comprised of floor-to-ceiling glass and composite wood materials that are meant to emulate a glowing surface. The façade transitions into a more typical glass and metal façade outside the residential component.
It is not immediately clear when the project will be completed.