Beth Tzedec Synagogue

Toronto, ON

Project Facts

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2017

  • Size

    Masterplan- 63,453 Sq. Ft. (16,146 new bdg) Finalized renovation (Phase 1a)- 9,472 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

  • Client

    Beth Tzedec Congregation

Beth Tzedec Congregation (BTC), the result of the amalgamation of two of Toronto’s earliest Shuls, is today one of the world’s largest congregations and aims to be a leading Conservative Synagogue. Built over 60 years ago, BTC’s original building was designed by famed Canadian modernist architect,  Peter Dickinson. Recognizing the building’s importance to Canadian architecture, Hariri Pontarini Architects is revitalizing this structure with a design that respects the existing architecture.


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Completed in June of 2017, Phase 1 of the project transformed some of BTC’s existing interior spaces including the Mezzanine Hall, servery, and Rotunda. The once blank south wall of the Mezzanine Hall now features floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that frame views to a future rooftop terrace, and bathe the south-facing Hall in natural light. Future phases of the project will involve modifications to the Sanctuary that will increase warmth and intimacy, improve accessibility, and energy efficiency. Working within the existing structure built in the 1950s, the Chapel will be expanded and transformed to introduce a greater connection to nature and the building’s renewed landscape. With added flexible, functional spaces and revitalized exterior frontages, the design for the new synagogue will sustain the Beth Tzedec Congregation for generations to come.

Project Facts

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    Completed 2017

  • Size

    Masterplan- 63,453 Sq. Ft. (16,146 new bdg) Finalized renovation (Phase 1a)- 9,472 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

  • Client

    Beth Tzedec Congregation

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Through expansions and renovations of the existing structure built in 1955, HPA is reconfiguring individual spaces to encourage intimacy and adaptability while providing a quality of space that inspires the congregation and contributes to the overall diversity and strength of the BTC community.




Through expansions and renovations of the existing structure built in 1955, HPA is reconfiguring individual spaces to encourage intimacy and adaptability while providing a quality of space that inspires the congregation and contributes to the overall diversity and strength of the BTC community.

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The rotunda over the Beit Alpha floor is enclosed by a glass rail in the centre of the gallery space.

The rotunda over the Beit Alpha floor is enclosed by a glass rail in the centre of the gallery space.

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