Hallowed Ground

Visitors to the museum begin their journey through the museum via a drop-off area adjacent to the park and emerge from the ramp, that culminates near an existing monument of black pillars seen in the left rear corner.

The 15,000-square-foot green roof is planted with grasses such as blue grama and esparto that help insulate the building below.

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is in the corner of Pan Pacific Park.

The filleted corners and angles of the interior originated from the landscape surrounding the museum.

For the sculptural walls inside the museum, Belzberg used shotcrete, which was sprayed at high volume into the formwork so that it would get into all the cracks and crevices.

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust features 10 galleries that ramp deeper into the earth as visitors progress through them. From the lobby in the upper right corner, visitors progress counterclockwise before exiting via a pathway that rises back to the surrounding park.

Displays throughout the museum incorporate photography, video and interactive technology.

Progressing through the 10 exhibit spaces, lighting becomes scarcer and the ceilings lower, culminating in an exhibit on concentration camps that is lit almost entirely by video monitors.

Large-scale photography plays a big role in many of the exhibit spaces and also helps light the various areas.

In the exhibit space "The World That Was," a 10-foot-long touchtable allows visitors to browse through digital documents and images.

The exhibits culminate at a walkway that ascends back to the park level and into the light of day.

Lit from the museum below the green roof, the exit ascends back up to the level of the surrounding park.

At the park level, the structure's concrete walls subtly envelope an existing monument to the Holocaust, six black pillars seen in the far right.

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