The New Synagogue in Žilina, Slovakia: participation as a method of heritage renewal
Katarína Haberlandová

The Neolog [New] Synagogue in Žilina is an exceptional work, and not only through its having been designed in 1928 by the renowned architect Peter Behrens. The present contribution discusses this work by Peter Behrens – an important landmark constructed well outside the major urban centers for 20th century architecture in a provincial Slovak town. Its most recent restoration, completed in May 2017, lasted a full five years. During this time, many discussions took place among heritage experts, theorists and architects, which eventually formulated the architectonic idea of the reconstruction into its final form. In addition, the realization was greatly assisted not only by the team of architects but many volunteers. The project for the New Synagogue won many awards and is viewed positively as a source of inspiration, perhaps even more so since it overcame several problematic moments regarding its financing, but also in the search for the best restoration methods and met them successfully

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Eastern European architecture, Cold War architecture, Slovakian modern architecture, Peter Behrens, New Synagogue in Žilina, Participatory architecture.

Issue 59
Year 2018
Pages 79-83

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