New initiative preliminary design renderings from S. Wieder Architect reveal an expansion of the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Located at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the religious complex spans almost one acre and will include a synagogue, prayer spaces, ritual baths, classrooms, a new library, and several outdoor areas. This is a draft design, that has not been approved by the Chabad organizations, owners of the property.
Together, the new interior components will span approximately 140,000 square feet. Each volume will top out at four stories.
As detailed by architect Sam Wieder with project architect Yeshaya Shor, the 1940s-era brick building at the center of the complex is a community relic and will be carefully preserved as the primary house of worship. The existing brick buildings that flank the synagogue will be replaced by two striking structures composed of tightly spaced cementitious fins protruding from floor-to-ceiling glass walls. These buildings will surround the center structure on three sides and will contain a library, office space, administrative areas, and landscaped rooftop gardens. The property will also create an open-air plaza behind the synagogue.
If completed, the complex would be poised to become one of the most imaginative Jewish religious structures to debut in the borough.