Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

The Skirball has been building a community and a center for three decades. They finished the latter endeavor last month by finishing two additional buildings. Most impressive of all, the center did it without incurring any debt. It might have taken a while, but at least it did not leave the institution making interest payments on expensive construction loans. That's fiscal responsibility. I sat down with architect Moshe Safdie about his first and newest project, plus the exhibition opening in his honor.

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Laura Raskin
Published: 28 Oct 2013, Architectural Record

Herscher Hall and Guerin Pavilion. Photo © Timothy Hursley.
The Skirball Cultural Center, a Jewish educational institution in Los Angeles, has completed the fourth and final phase of its campus with the addition of Herscher Hall and Guerin Pavilion. The additions mark the completion of a 30-year masterplan conceived by architect Moshe Safdie. His new buildings comprise an 80,000-square-foot complex with classrooms, meeting rooms, and a grand hall that fits up to 1,200 people, all at the cost of $99 million raised from families and foundations. [read more]


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