Valley Beth Shalom

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Location
Los Angeles, CA
Type
Institutional
Size
72, 200 Sq Ft
Status
In Construction
Project Team
Trevor Abramson, FAIA
Douglas Teiger, AIA
Marco Marraccini, AIA, LEED AP
Sasha Monge
Dianne Shapiro
Matt Loghmani

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 Teiger 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.