The horrors of the holocaust should never be hidden, but burying the Los Angeles museum in Pan Pacific Park insuch a way that it chronicles the history of historic event while helping to prevent any further environmental or social damage is somewhat ingenious. Designed by Hagy Belzberg, the 32,000 square foot museum museum manages to humanize the events that took place (considering the cold nature of its contents) from the subterranean depths. MOreover the thermal inertia combined with the insulating effects of the green roof makes the sprawling concrete structure as energy efficient as possible.
The green roof is planted with local flora and is naturally irrigated. It also extends to the adjacent Pan Pacific Park, integrating itself into the city’s green spaces. The peaceful exterior belies the interior discomfort achieved by an interactive display of the holocaus, which is further stimulated by muted natural lighting that also helps to save the building’s energy footprint.
Although we aren’t neccessarily in love with the choice of using concrete as the major building material, Belzberg was quite successful at managing a tight budget in a hard economy and the building is slated for LEED Gold Certification sometime in the fall of this year. The beautiful structure will hopefully educate scores of children on an a period in humanity’s regression, that none would like to see repeated; while at the same time showcasing what can be achieved, environmentally and socially, when we decide to work for the good.