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Location:Los Angeles, CA
Architect:Frank Gehry
Year Built:2003
Fact:Laid end to end, the folding, billowing stainless steel exterior panels would stretch for 49 miles.

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Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Walt Disney Concert Hall

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall, new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience. Through the vision and generosity of Lillian Disney, the Disney family, and many other individual and corporate donors, the city will enjoy one of the finest concert halls in the world, as well as an internationally recognized architectural landmark. From the stainless steel curves of its striking exterior to the state-of-the-art acoustics of the hardwood-paneled main auditorium, the 3.6-acre complex embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of the city of Los Angeles and its orchestra.


Gehry made a conscious decision to separate the power of the architecture on the exterior from the technology that's required to make the concert hall work well from a sound standpoint He started off with a simple box and let that be the space and then shaped the rest of it according to the sound requirements. He did not try to fuse together the shape of the building with the technology of the concert hall.

Lou Saur, FAIA

The organ itself is what amazed me the most about the building. First of all that he would have the guts to reinterpret a musical instrument that hasn't changed in hundreds of years and second of that it would come off as such a magnificent piece both as a piece of sculpture and art but I also understand from a technical point of view that the organ is incredibly well crafted

Steven Hill, FAIA

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