Project DescriptionCurrently 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.