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OCT 25, 2010

Belzberg Architects: Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (designboom)

belzberg architects: los angeles museum of the holocaust

santa monica based office belzberg architects has finished the design of
the new los angeles museum of the holocaust (LAMOTH). now open to
the public, the museum features an undulating green roof that pulls up
the northwest corner of los angeles' pan pacific park. serving as an annex
to the already existing holocaust monument, the multi-cultural museum
aims to integrate completely into the public green space, minimizing the
visual impact on the park's atmosphere.

the roof, while subtle in height, features graphic lines of concrete that divides
the surface into a series of zigzagging pedestrian paths. slicing through
the center is the descending entry ramp, which tapers in to an interior space
that is flanked by sloped ceilings and perspective-altering floors. the design
of the layout and circulation kept conscious the institute's 50 year history,
utilizing the building's underground elements to evoke certain emotions from
the visitors. clever usage of natural light from above alleviates the darkness
and compressive atmosphere provided by the shotcrete columns.

designboom.com, 10/25/10

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