Biblical Tabernacle in Midtown Manhattan | Via
The Old Testament contains one of the oldest architectural briefs in history: A description of the Tabernacle, a portable compound that God describes as his earthly dwelling place. It’s a surprisingly specific set of guidelines—from the dimensions of the tent to the dolphin-skin roof—which have been interpreted in countless ways over the centuries. So what would it look like if it was built in modern-day Manhattan?
That was the question asked of New York architecture firm HWKN by the author of Unscrolled, a new book that invites artists and writers to reinterpret pieces of the Hebrew Bible. As part of their contribution to the book, the designers at HWKN transplanted God’s guidelines into midtown Manhattan, imagining the tent as a contemporary building. “Every synagogue looks different all over the world, but when you go back and look at the Torah it’s evident that God actually gave us a style,” says principal HWKN Marc Kushner. “We took those instructions almost verbatim from the Bible.”