Temple Bat Yahm
Newport Beach, CA
Cost & Scope: $6.2 million; 2,044 sq. meters, 21,448 sq. meters campus
Mia Lehrer + Associates – Landscape Architect
Edward Silver & Associates – Structural Engineer
Robert Bein, William Frost & Associates – Civil Engineer
Ideas for the Built Environment – Mechanical Engineer
Integrated Engineering – Electrical Engineer
Arup Acoustics – Acoustical Engineering
Completion Date: 1999
The synagogue sits within a mile of the Pacific Coast on a 21,448 square meter site in Newport Beach. The design improvements have transformed the pre-existing facility from a virtually windowless, single building, into an ensemble of spaces that come together to form a spiritual campus of new and old buildings, new landscapes, and public spaces.
The campus’s design employs a varied collage of emblematic and iconic places, processions, forms, and spaces to house this spiritual community. Many processional axes are explicitly defined places of architecture and landscape. The terrain is crossed by several patterns and paths, and color is used to emphasize the themes of the campus.
The design reflects the Rabbi’s words and mandate to create buildings and landscapes that are grounded in this world, the horizontal realm, “where God’s immanence is felt”, and that engage the heavens, the vertical realm, where “God’s transcendence is embodied.” In the Torah Center, light is treated as the medium that binds these realms, thereby expressing the Rabbi’s belief that Light and Spirit are synonymous.
2003 August LA Architect Magazine N/A Temple Bat Yahm
2004 Goldern Nugget Awards Award N/A Grand Award: Best Public/Special Use Facility
2005 Faith & Form Magazine N/A Faith & Form Religious Architecture Award
2005 Issue 64 Specifier Magazine Robbie Moore Peace On Earth
2006 December-5 Business Week Online website Wonders of the World
2007 Jan-22 Houses of God Book Michael J. Crosbie Temple Bat Yahm Torah Center