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Exterior

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

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Category: Bond
Honorable Mention

The new building for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust by local firm Belz­berg Architects is located within L.A.’s Pan Pacific Park, the site of the existing Los Angeles Holocaust Monument. The 32,000-square-foot, LEED Gold museum was designed as an educational institution, which anticipates 40,000 students each year. Much of the building is submerged to integrate it quietly into the park setting, with the landscape extending over the roof. “I think there’s an interesting concept here,” juror Joe Valerio said. “You descend into the earth, into the darkness of the Holocaust, and then you come back from that experience, which is poetic.” A supple shotcrete wall traces the museum’s footprint and announces its presence while minimally disrupting the park’s landscape. Existing park pathways are used as connective elements to integrate the site’s pedestrian flow with new circulation for museum visitors.


Project Credits

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Los Angeles
Client  Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust—Randy Schoenberg (president); Mark Rothman (director)
Design Architect  Belzberg Architects, Santa Monica, Calif.—Hagy Belzberg, FAIA (principal); Aaron Leppanen (project manager); Andrew Atwood, Barry Gartin, Brock DeSmit, Carina Bien-Wilner, Christopher Arntzen, Cory Taylor, Daniel Rentsch, David Cheung, Eric Stimmel,
Erik Sollom, Justin Brechtel, Philip Lee, Lauren Zuzack (project team)
Structural Consultant  William Koh & Associates
Mechanical Consultant  John Dorius & Associates
Electrical Consultant  A&F Consulting Engineers
Plumbing Consultant  Tom Nasrollahi & Associates
Soils Engineer  Irvine Geotechnical
Methane Engineer  Carlin Environmental
Environmental Engineer  Enviropro
General Contractor  Winters-Schram
Technology Consultant  Potion Design
Special Fabrication  Spectrum Oak Products; Swiss Woodworking
Size  32,000 square feet
Cost  $462 per square foot (includes interior displays and media)
Photograph  Hagy Belzberg