FRANK O. GEHRY & ASSOCIATES
Team Disneyland Administration Building
Disneyland's administrative functions are presently located in separate facilities around the back-of-house and in off-site leased space. This building will consolidate the staff for the first time and allow vacated space to be developed for park use. The site for the building is the north end of Disneyland's back-of-house and parallel to the Santa Ana Freeway.
The largest part of the program is located in a four-story office building stretched along the approximately 800 ft. freeway frontage. On the park side, sheltered by the office, are the main entrance, cafeteria and a 200-seat auditorium. By separating the special functions from the office building, a landscaped village of smaller buildings is created in the scale of other park facilities. Also, it allows the requirements of these elements to be resolved independently from the constraint of a simple office building.
The major material along the freeway face is a green colored, quilted stainless steel sheet metal cladding. Window openings in this wall are staggered vertically to relate to the stepped shingle pattern of the stainless steel panels. On the park side, where the approaches and entries are located, the scale of the office building is broken down by a series of curved and sculptured forms denoting the main staff and auditorium lobby and end points. This side is clad in brightly painted stucco and has a series of sculpted galvanized metal canopies cantilevered out above the ground floor windows along the walkway from the parking structure. The cafeteria building is a straightforward pre-engineered type structure clad in galvanized sheet metal to relate to the existing adjacent buildings.
The entrance of the garage is marked by a sculpted and painted stucco and metal canopy in the same language as the forms on the main building. The walkway connecting the elements is free of vehicular traffic and has a bold pattern of curved stripes in two tones of colored concrete which broaden out to provide an outdoor dining area for the cafeteria.