Temple Israel of Hollywood

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Anchored by a historically significant sanctuary - site of a Martin Luther King Jr. speech, Sammy Davis Jr.'s wedding, and Elizabeth Taylor's conversion - this chapel and key social spaces are the last in a series of phased improvements by the firm, initiated with a 2006 masterplan.

The new chapel is a light-filled space with a tallit-inspired ceiling that extends back into a remodeled social hall and outside to shade the east-facing glass.

The expanded courtyard supports social activities and outdoor services. Community and school programs take advantage of new library and meeting spaces centered around the lobby, now configured for lingering.

The ark is placed within a sedimentary wall, embedded with stones collected by congregants in Israel. CNC milled plywood doors draw on Sephardic tradition, influenced by ancient ornamentation.


Completed 2016

Hollywood, California

Temple Israel of Hollywood

Masterplan, 94,500 SF Temple + School

2018  Los Angeles Building Council Renovated Buildings Award
2017  AIA California Council Honor Award
2017  Australian Institute of Architects: Commendation for Public Architecture
2017  Westside Urban Forum Public: Institutional Merit Award
2016  Architect’s Newspaper Best of Building Renovation Honorable Mention
2016  Faith and Form Award

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