Tree of Life

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Designed by Studio Libeskind, in collaboration with Rothschild Doyno Collaborative of
Pittsburgh, the reimagined approximately 45,000 sq. ft. building at the corner of Shady
and Wilkins Avenues in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood will house a new national
institution encompassing a museum, center for education and a planned memorial
honoring the 11 people from three congregations – Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, New Light
Congregation and Congregation Dor Hadsash – killed in the attack on October 27,

Central to the design concept is the “Path of Light,” a dramatic skylight that will
run the entire length of the building. The glazed volume will welcome all visitors and
usher in light to all the spaces and create a main axis that connects a series of
programmatic spaces for the various needs of the institution. Along the “Path of Light”
will be a museum, a space for reflection and remembrance called the Space of Memory,
and a modernized sanctuary for worship and communal events.