We are remodeling our schul as it is quite old. Are there restrictions on how the space can be reconfigured. The aron kodesh doesn’t face mizrach now and we would like to orient it to the new direction.
It is certainly important to orient the aron ha-kodesh in the mizrach direction. Concerning other matters, it is important to have a hall that leads to the shul, and the bimah should be in the center of the shul. For more details on these and other matters, and sources for various laws and customs, please see our article on the subject here.