Crowning its city in downtown Los Angeles, the stainless steel curves of the Walt Disney Concert Hall shines in the Southern Californian sun. They shine in quick flashes that glance through characterless high-rise buildings, throwing astonishing reflections into a shady public park at the base. The building is a stunning piece of architecture, ripe for metaphoric interpretations ranging from a blooming flower to sailing ships.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall’s very existence is a miracle of logistics and perseverance. The complex required 30.000 drawings and 16 years of planning and construction to complete. Its designer, architect Frank O. Gehry delivers a bold statement to combine music, art and architecture into one extraordinary building.
The seemingly chaotic building masses are anything but coincidental. The 2265 seat main hall was designed first. After the appropriate form for the hall was found the rest of the building elements were skilfully grouped around its central volume, designing from the inside out.
The Walt Disney Concert hall is the permanent home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is renowned to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural relationship for an incomparable musical experience. The buildings vision and funding was a gift donated by the generous Lillian Disney in 1987 to build a performance venue serving as both a gift to residents of Los Angeles and an attribute to Walt Disney’s dedication to the city and arts. However, it was not until late 2003 that the building was open to the public. The Walt Disney Hall lived gracefully up to its expectations. It is the most remarkable work ever created in the history of Los Angeles by an architect living in his native city. The hall’s colourful undulating exterior expresses the contemporary cultural values, its stainless steel forms unfold with superb lightness while the interior is womb-like and intimate. The building is a...
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