Santa Monica-based Hagy Belzberg, FAIA, of Belzberg Architects designed the newly finished Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust with forward movement in mind. Built into the landscape of Pan Pacific Park, the sleek white building is sunken into the earth, and its green roof and white pedestrian paths blend it seamlessly into the rest of the park. The building, adjacent to the existing Holocaust memorial, gives a new home to the oldest Holocaust museum in the United States.
Founded in 1962, the museum began with the intent of giving place to the artifacts of Holocaust survivors. The interior of the new museum is built to display the collection with sloping concrete walls, low ceilings, light manipulation and purposefully cramped spaces. A ramp lined with chronological exhibits guides visitors down into the structure, before rising back up again. Understated and modern from the outside, with thoughtfully crafted interior spaces, the 32,000-square-foot structure offers, at last, a fitting permanent home to the museum.