The new addition to Temple Bet Ha'am in South Portland by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects of Toronto is a great example of how architecture of high quality can create a sense of calm and beauty no matter where. This addition is in South Portland just off route one in a non-descript large treeless lot attached to an old school building yet the spiritual space and structure take over with the reflecting pool to make life for all who experience it better.
A simple concept of an ark-like space, well executed with space and light and natural materials, this place is welcoming and delicate while using a large form to evoke a Burkean sublime.
The greater the effort to make better places, the greater the reward. Buildings ARE our environment. This is the way life should be.