Valley Beth Shalom

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Location
Los Angeles, CA
Type
Institutional
Size
72, 200 sq ft
Status
Under Construction

 

A Multi-functional Community Center

The Valley Beth Shalom synagogue and elementary day school serves a large and growing local community. The campus had not been updated since the 1980s and needed a major overhaul. Abramson Architects was commissioned to execute a series of phased updates, including a ground-up build of a new gymnasium and multi-purpose building, to bring new life to the religious campus.

This functional space was designed with flexibility to suit various community events – from daytime gym class to evening basketball games as well as musical performances and religious services.

School gymnasium.

Sanctuary space.

Performance space.

 

 

 

 

A mixture of skylights, clerestory windows and large-scale glass panels open up the spaces with sunlight and natural ventilation. The upper level paseo connects the gymnasium to the adjacent building, and provides light, air circulation, and a view onto an outdoor garden. The exterior of the building is finished with a dimensional facade that offers a contemporary take on the existing brick pattern.

The buildings unique structure allows for a band of clerestory windows. This design creates a floating roof effect that brings in natural light and symbolizes a connection to God.