Project Detail


The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Los Angeles, CA United States


Project Description

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.

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Project Details

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
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Project Team:
    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;
  • Structural Engineer: William Koh & Associates 
  • Mechanical Engineer: John Dorius & Associates 
  • Electrical Engineer: A&F Consulting Engineers 
  • Plumbing Engineer: 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 
  • Special Fabrication: Swiss Woodworking 
  • Photograph: Hagy Belzberg 
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    32,000 sq ft
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