belzberg architects: los angeles museum of the holocaust
oct 25, 2010
belzberg architects: los angeles museum of the holocaust

‘los angeles museum of the holocaust’ by belzberg architects
image courtesy belzberg architects

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.

rendered bird’s eye view of the green roof
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at night
image © brandon shigeta

south elevation
image © brandon shigeta

entry ramp
image © brandon shigeta

(left) lobby area
(top right) shotcrete columns
(bottom right) underground gallery spaces

all images courtesy LA curbed

natural light wells reaching the darker lower level
image courtesy LA curbed

rendered plan with the roof off
image courtesy belzberg architects

sectional view
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roof components and geometry
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construction phase
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image courtesy belzberg architects

image courtesy belzberg architects

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shotcrete pieces
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in context
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