Temple Bat Yahm

Lehrer Architects created the Temple Bat Yahm sanctuary by shaping spaces with light-infused elements to evoke emotions. The New Chapel, inspired by Jacob's Ladder, serves as the focal point, connecting earth and sky in a contemplative dance of light and shadow. Emphasizing community interaction, the Center links the temple foyer, a multipurpose room, youth lounge, and an arcaded School building, tree-lined walkway, and the Sacred Garden with a pastoral amphitheater replete with reflecting pool and fountains. Programming features . The parking layout incorporates "parking parks" for overflow parking, enhancing daily arrivals with beauty. It did not "pave over paradise"!

"The New Chapel bridges earth and sky in a dance of light and shadow."
- Michael B. Lehrer
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Newport Beach, California
Temple Bat Yahm
22,000 SF
Completed 2003
2004   Faith and Form Magazine Honor Award
2004   Gold Nugget Grand Award for Excellence
2004   AIA Orange County Honor Award
Gold Nugget Grand Award for Excellence and Value for the Best Public/Private Special Use Facility, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, 2004
Honor Award, American Institute of Architects - Orange County, 2004
Honor Award, Faith and Form Magazine, 2004
Project Team

Landscape Architect:
Mia Lehrer + Associates

Structural Engineer:
Edward Silver & Associates

Civil Engineer:
Robert Bein, William Frost & Associates

Mechanical Engineer:
Ideas for the Built Environment

Electrical Engineer:
Integrated Engineering

Acoustical Engineering:
Arup Acoustics

Landscape Architect
Swimming Pool Engineer
Jones & Madhavan
Jones & Madhavan
Jones & Madhavan
Project Management
City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks
City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering