North Shore Congregation Isreal

north shore congregation isreal, Minoru Yamasaki, okw architects
It’s always exciting to realize there’s an architectural gem around Chicago I have yet to photograph. This building certainly is that and I have one of my students to thank for the introduction!
With all this online teaching, a recent class I taught at RS Chicago Photography Classes consisted of each student photographing either one building or choosing a compositional theme to focus on. Since we couldn’t meet up in person the students had to find something closeby to photograph. The North Shore Congregation Isreal was just one beautiful share from the students.
So, last week, with the warmer weather I decided to check out this location and get some detail/abstract shots + a few drone shots!
The building was designed by Minoru Yamasaki and OKW Architects. The signature feature is the series of arching fan vaults. So, much of my attention was on this area of the building.
north shore congregation isreal, Minoru Yamasaki, okw architects
north shore congregation isreal, Minoru Yamasaki, okw architects
The vertical and horizontal take on this section. I can’t decide which I prefer. What do you think?


These two images feel very organic and almost leaf or flower-like to me. Definitely my favorites from the day. They also might be good additions to my Pareidolia series.

Another detail of the vaults.
north shore congregation isreal, Minoru Yamasaki, okw architects
This is a shot peering into the synagogue from outside…
north shore congregation isreal, Minoru Yamasaki, okw architects
Hence the trees reflecting in the windows. But look at those great strips of glass in the ceiling! I would so love to get inside here to shoot. Though I do love this mix of nature & man. Always a fan of good contrasts.
I preferred the black & white edits but I did also edit in color. You can click here to see all the shots. Also, here are a few drone shots for some perspective.
north shore congregation isreal, Minoru Yamasaki, okw architects
north shore congregation isreal, Minoru Yamasaki, okw architects
north shore congregation isreal, Minoru Yamasaki, okw architects

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