Skirball Cultural Center

Construction year: 2013
Address: 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd | LOS ANGELES-CALIFORNIA | United States | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 34.12483, -118.47893

Responding to the site’s steep and complex topography at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Skirball Cultural Center forms a series of building clusters tucked longitudinally against the hills. Indoor and outdoor spaces are integrated throughout the complex, creating a series of gardens, an amphitheater and coutyards.

The Skirball Cultural Center features a museum of Jewish-American experience, galleries for changing exhibitions, a conference and educational center, a 350-seat auditorium, and Ahmanson Hall. Underground parking accomodates 400 cars and an additional garage, which is currently under construction, will accomodate 500 cars.

The courtyards and gardens open to views of the hills beyond and further serve to integrate the building with the natural beauty of the site. The courtyards connect to a sculpture garden located between the building and the hills, providing a contemplative transistion zone between the natural and built environment.

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