The steel frame of the $75-million Audrey Irmas Pavilion is now complete in Koreatown.  


The project, an expansion of the adjacent Wilshire Boulevard Temple, is located at the northwest corner of Wilshire and Harvard Boulevards.  The three-story edifice will encompass 55,000 square feet of habitable space, with uses including a chapel, a terrace, a ballroom, a kitchen, meeting space, and a rooftop sky garden.  

Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu of OMA designed the pavilion, which has a trapezoidal shape with a west facade that slopes away from the historic temple.  The 1929 temple's sanctuary inspired the skin of the new pavilion.  

The project's design team also includes executive architect Gruen Associates and landscape architect Studio MLA.  

In addition to religious functions, the pavilion is also slated to be home to the Annenberg Foundation's initiative for purposeful aging, and will be open the surrounding community.  

Completion is expected in 2021.