Design unveiled for Audrey Irmas Pavilion in Los Angeles


The Wilshire Boulevard Temple has unveiled the design for the Audrey Irmas Pavilion, a new addition to the Erika J Glazer Family Campus in Los Angeles.

The pavilion, designed by OMA / Shohei Shigematsu, will serve as a multi-purpose gathering place, forging new connections within the campus and creating a new urban presence to engage Los Angeles.

Shohei Shigematsu said: “We wanted to focus on communicating the energy of gathering and exchange.

“The pavilion is an active gesture, shaped by respectful moves away from the surrounding historic buildings, reaching out onto Wilshire Boulevard to create a new presence.

“Within the building, a series of interconnected meeting spaces at multiple scales provide ultimate flexibility for assembly, while maintaining visual connections that establish outdoor indoor porosity and moments of surprise encounters.”

Named Audrey Irmas Pavilion for its lead donor, the building will be in dialogue with the 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary located on Wilshire Boulevard between the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The west facade slopes away from the existing temple while leaning south away from the historic school.

Rabbi Steve Leder said: “Audrey Irmas Pavilion, designed by OMA – the firm’s first cultural building in California – will offer an irresistible invitation to gather, celebrate, learn and reach out to others.

“In a city so large and diverse, we need community, and we need inspiring, welcoming places. Los Angeles deserves a modern masterpiece devoted to bringing people together, located in the heart of the city’s most diverse neighbourhood.”

The pavilion comprises three distinct gathering spaces – a main event space, a smaller multi-purpose room and a sunken garden.

The three interlocking gathering spaces are stacked one atop another to create vantage points and framed views in and out of each space, while creating a series of openings that filter light.

OMA New York won the design contest for Wilshire Boulevard Temple in 2015.

The project has been designed by OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu with associate Jake Forster in collaboration with Gruen Associates (executive architect).

The new building is expected to break ground in late 2018 and it is likely to be opened in 2020.

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