Camp Ramah, situated in the idyllic town of Ojai approximately 100 miles north of Los Angeles, serves 800 campers each summer. Abramson Teiger Architects was commissioned to design a recreational center that would serve as a multi-functional building for religious services, outdoor performances, and other events.
Situated on a sloping site, the building’s program is divided onto two levels. Every area is creatively designed to be multi-functional. The enclosed upper level can function as a sanctuary or it can be separated into smaller meeting rooms with the help of movable partition walls. The lower level is a covered outdoor gymnasium that also transforms into a seating area for a raised theatre stage. The dynamic structure features soaring sculptural glue-laminated beams. Two separate roof lines, one “Y” shaped and one “C” shaped, interlock at the exterior balcony.