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1200 sq. ft. addition
With an existing house sited on flat ground above a canyon in Los Angeles, the clients were interested in taking better advantage of their breathtaking views of the Santa Monica Mountains, Stone Canyon Reservoir, and downtown Los Angeles via the addition of a new master suite and family room. The site proved to be both dynamic and difficult as we looked at options that would have placed the addition: on the hillside; in an excavation in their patio; or in two stories replacing the existing master suite.
Holocaust Education Center
shaddai: before there was beginning, there was en sof, 'the infinite nothing'. in order for the world to come into being a void was established in the nothingness, this void allowed creation to take place. the force that maintains the void is known in hebrew as shaddai. the term means, 'that is enough' and without this regulating force the void would be consumed, the world destroyed. in the case of the holocaust shaddai means we say 'enough' this will never happen again. to this end it is essential that the void that was created when millions were murdered remain tangible. memory is the force that can prevent infinity from encroaching and erasing. for if infinity reoccupies this space we have forgotten and all will be lost. the concept for the holocaust education resource center is that memory is perpetuated though memorial and education. these elements exert a force acting upon infinity allowing the connection of past and future, in hopes of progress in the further establishment of human rights. the form of the building reflects this concept. the classrooms press upward folding the sod roof, while the gallery and courtyard maintain the perimeter against the pressing earth. the thrust of the building negates the earth's infringment, emblematic of the struggle of memory against time.
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