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Moise Safra Community Center

PBDW Architects

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Project Name

Moise Safra Community Center


65,000 sq. feet


Moise Safra Community Center


  • Structural Engineer: Gilsanz Murray Steficek, LLP
  • Other: AKF Group
  • Geotechnical Engineer: RA Consultants
  • Lighting Designer: One Lux Studio
  • Technology Integrator: Cerami & Associates
  • Other: Longman Lindsey
  • Other: Trace Pool Design
  • Other: Production Performance Facility Consulting, Inc.
  • Building Enclosure/Artwork: Heitman & Associates

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Project Description

Currently under construction on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Moise Safra Community Center packs 65,000 square feet of programming into a tight urban site on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Accommodating both a community center and a synagogue, MSCC is envisioned as a second home to the young families it will serve. The building is overflowing with program spaces, including a pool and wellness center, art and cooking classrooms, a rec room for teens, a banquet hall, and several sanctuary spaces, all organized in a vertical campus of 14 floors.

The design challenge for PBDW has been to address the disparate needs of the spiritual synagogue spaces and the lively family-oriented community spaces, and to create a unified building that flows gracefully from one to the other. A holistic approach was crucial in unifying the two identities. A common material palette and consistent detailing create a feeling of oneness throughout the building.
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