In 1958, Temple Emanu-El of Miami purchased property in Miami Beach to open a new Jewish day school. It opened in 1960 with a pre-school through third grade. Fast forward to 2015, when local architect Civica is hired to insert new classrooms into the second and third floors of an existing atrium space. We were brought in to create an interior design for those classrooms as well as a new welcome center at the main entry. With the requirement that the new lobby would need to serve a dual purpose – reception and small group meetings – our design literally revolves around a central reception desk with movable parts. The desk “opens and closes” depending on the time of day and use, greatly increasing the flexibility of what is very compact space. We like to work with other architects, and such was the case with this project collaboration.