Completed in summer 2016, new light-filled, informal worship and social spaces create an everyday focus to a synagogue anchored by a traditional masonry sanctuary.
A reform congregation, Temple Israel of Hollywood members sought improvements that kept pace with evolving attitudes towards worship, education, identity and community; which 40 years of additions and renovations no longer advanced. Addressing contemporary practice in the progressive congregation called for flexible, interactive social and worship space informally infused with Jewish spirit and traditions.
The core of this last phase is the new chapel, and social hall renovation. Expansive glazing around the chapel offers views to the outdoors to reveal the previously disconnected historic sanctuary beyond. The existing administrative wing’s 1949 north facade was reinstated to form a gallery for the Temple’s Judaica collection, which connects the sanctuary to the new chapel. Between, the new lobby creates a welcoming meeting place.
See-Through House and Ocean Avenue South (which includes the affordable Belmar Apartments) were honored at the 2015 AIA CC Design Awards Celebration on Thursday, September 24th. See-Through House received an AIA CC Residential Honor Award, and was praised for its clear plan yet subversive play on conventional suburban design. Ocean Avenue South, completed in conjunction with Moore Ruble Yudell, received an AIA CC Urban Design Award. Jurors noted the project’s sustainability and its neighborhood contribution, which “is not simply architecture, nor urban design, but both.”
As you may already know, this spring Founding Principal Julie Eizenberg was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows. Fellowship recognizes outstanding architects who have made significant contributions to the field, and is one the highest honors bestowed by the Institute.
Julie’s appointment recognizes her exceptional design contribution. Under her leadership, Koning Eizenberg has created distinctive community and neighborhood places. Notable projects establish engaging and informal social spaces, such as the 28th Street Apartments and Otis Booth Campus. The work embraces constraints and consistently achieves quality and beauty on tight budgets, as with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Thinkery. Julie works with communities through interactive public processes to achieve extraordinary results, as with the award winning Pico Branch Library, Hancock Lofts and Belmar Apartments.
Like many of you said, “it’s about time!” We would like to thank the AIA LA Chapter Fellows Nominating & Mentoring Committee for their support and encouragement.
This was a complex project with a dedicated team: General Contractor: Alpha Construction/Historic Contract: Spectra/Historic Consultant: Historic Resources Group/Structural Engineer: Parker Resnick Structural Engineering/Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: Khalifeh & Associates, Inc./ Electrical Engineer: OMB Electrical Engineers, Inc./Surveyor: Brooks & Associates/Soils Engineer: Geotechnologies, Inc./Civil Engineer: VCA Engineers/Graphic Designer: Newsom Designs/Low Voltage- Security: Glendale Fire Systems/Lighting Design: Lighting Design Alliance/LEED Consultant: Green Dinosaur/Environmental: Pacific Environmental/ Irrigation Consultant: Atomic Irrigation/Specification-Hardware Consultant: AWC West.
Julie moderated a panel called “What Makes a City Thrive?” at DELaB’s (Design East of La Brea) “Making LA Conference” on Friday, November 7, which was held at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. The panel included Kevin Wronske from Heyday Partnership, Yuval Bar-Zemer from Linear City, and Rudy Espinoza from LURN. The event focused on urgent issues that Los Angeles faces: water, transportation, density, community and how designers, architects and artists make a difference in their neighborhoods. As Julie noted at the event: “We forget to appreciate being alive in a real city- it’s simple, it’s personal and it’s kind.”