Dutch architectural firm OMA has unveiled its design for a new pavilion that will be built alongside the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles.
The project began in 2015, when there was a competition for firms to design the new building that would accompany the historic Jewish temple. Shohei Shigematsu’s winning team at OMA New York had plans for a ‘respectful’ building that ‘communicated energy’.
The design encapsulates a new energy with its leaning construction, almost as if in mid-movement. Its gradual tilt is an ‘expression of respect to the surrounding buildings’ as the west wall slopes away from the temple and leans from the school.
Small rectangular windows rotated in different angles cover the building, while a honeycomb design surrounds each piece of glass. A large arched doorway faces the street and a glass terrace adorns the western wall. There are three interlocking gathering spaces that are stacked on top of each other: a main event space, a multi-purpose room and a sunken garden.
Having worked on diverse projects with artists such as Kanye West and Marina Abramović, Shigematsu is no stranger to unexpected briefs. Speaking about OMA’s first commission from a religious institution, the Harvard design critic said: ‘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.’
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