First look at the OMA addition to Wilshire Boulevard Temple

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The Wilshire Boulevard Temple announced today that it submitted plans to the city for a new building to complement its historic 1929 temple.

The new event space—designed by Rem Koolhaas’s firm OMA—“will offer an irresistible invitation to gather, celebrate, learn, and reach out to others … in the city’s most diverse neighborhood,” says rabbi Steve Leder.

First announced in 2015, the new building will sit just east of the existing temple in Koreatown and will offer a ballroom, meeting rooms, and rooftop garden that are available for rent to temple members and the public.

The temple says in a statement that it has raised $55 million of the estimated $75 million it needs to complete the project, named the Audrey Irmas Pavilion after the donor who contributed $30 million to the campaign.

Construction on the new pavilion could break ground as soon as later this year and open in 2020.

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