Audrey Irmas Pavilion
Los Angeles, California
OMA - Office of Metropolitan Architecture; OMA partners: Shohei Shigematsu; Associate: Jake Forster
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600 HIT chairs – Dante Bonuccelli
Images courtesy of OMA New York, Photography by Jason O'Rear
HIT chairs were selected for the Audrey Irmas Pavilion in Los Angeles, the innovative gathering space designed by OMA, and more precisely by the New York office and Shohei Shigematsu, partner of the firm founded by Rem Koolhaas. The project was commissioned by the Whilshire Boulevard Temple—a historic Jewish congregation—with the substantial support of art collector, Audrey Irmas. Designed to host religious celebrations, cultural events, conventions and shows, the venue was built to promote a strong community spirit. The HIT chairs (designed by Dante Bonuccelli) provided allow for a multifunctional setting. The high-density integral polyurethane shell conceals a structural steel insert with flexible harmonic steel elements in the backrest area, which provide exceptional comfort and support. The utmost care for detail is also visible in the structure, which has no visible screws.