The Jewish community had a desire to reclaim and reuse a oddly shaped lot in the heart of Trancoso’s old Jewish Quarter. The lot was confined by a pair of splitting roads which created a very narrow beginning to the lot, widening as the roads flowed apart. Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos were asked to design a building that worked in the old section of the city and also took maximum advantage of the space. Their design is amazing. The new Jewish Cultural Center begins with an extremely acute corner at the front edge growing as the lot expands. The almost triangular shape was used to create an intriguing flow of features inside the building where smaller worship areas were in the narrow front and larger meeting rooms and projection rooms at the wider rear. The building’s stunning appearance captures the community’s attention, splitting the road and creating an amazing blend of new thought amid the cobblestone streets.
A unique building incorporating new ideas and technology that still manages to mesh magnificently in the older neighbourhood.