Friday, April 24, 2015

Los Angeles Temple Chooses Koolhaas for a Grand Expansion

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By By JORI FINKEL, RANDY KENNEDY and HILARIE M. SHEETS
Wilshire Boulevard Temple is asking Rem Koolhaas to design a building next door.
CALIFORNIA---Wilshire Boulevard Temple, famous for its ornate 1929 synagogue, is trying to create another Los Angeles landmark, negotiating with the Pritzker Prize-winning Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas to design a building next door for special events. It would be open for use by the public as well as by congregants. “Architecture is a form of prayer,” said Rabbi Steven Z. Leder of the Reform congregation, which is in Koreatown. He said the intention was to create “an inspiring gathering place for the many different communities in our neighborhood, which may well be the most ethnically diverse neighborhood west of Brooklyn.” [link]