Thursday, December 13, 2007

Flexible Floor Plans from the 1940s

Having recently written about the architect Erich Mendelsohn in a completely different context (1920s landscape design) I was excited to discover this information (also on Ron Geyer's site) about his synagogue plans, "a simple but practical way of combining and separating spaces to accommodate dramatic changes in attendance on special days of worship... he organizes the temple and assembly space (think Fellowship Hall) on opposite sides of a large vestibule. On most days, sliding or folding partitions separate the three rooms. When large crowds are expected, the partitions are moved out of the way so that all three spaces can be combined."

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