Babyn Yar Synagogue
by Manuel Herz Architects

Manuel Herz Architects

The synagogue is a transformative building, made of wood, that stands on a platform, elevated above the ground.

The Babyn Yar Synagogue, outside of Kiev, commemorates the massacre that took place on the site 80 year, when Nazi troops shot almost 35’000 Jews within two days, and several ten thousand people in the following weeks. The congregation comes together to open the synagogue manually, unfolding the roof, the women’s gallery and the praying platform (“Bimah”). Like a pop-up book, it opens a new world to the congregation, commemorating the past, while also celebrating the beauty of life.

This project has been longlisted in the cultural building category of Dezeen Awards 2021.

Architect: Manuel Herz Architects
Project: Babyn Yar Synagogue


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