In this multi-use setting at M.I.T. Hillel, the ark is contained in a wall unit that captures the cascading light from the clerestory windows and echoes the cascade with a subtle waterfall sculpture that is seen when the ark is not in use for services. The wall unit contains storage facilities and houses a second, portable ark that is used on the High Holidays.
When the ark is used for services, the outer doors slide aside, revealing a more dramatic view of the same waterfall, along with a backlit inscription from Amos 5:24: “Let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream”. The inscription remains illuminated at all times, befitting its function as the Eternal Light.