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Walt Disney Concert Hall
Gehry Partners, LLP

September 09, 2002 /

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Located on a historically and culturally prominent downtown site, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is the permanent home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Concert Hall is situated on historic Bunker Hill at the intersection of First Street and Grand Avenue, adjacent to the existing Music Center of Los Angeles.

The project began as an invited design competition, during which many of the fundamental design tenets were established. These include an open and accessible main entrance, a sympathetic and inclusive attitude in the building's relationship to the Music Center's existing Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, a pedestrian scale frontage along Grand Avenue, a generous and open backstage area, and a large garden.

It is a serene, ennobling building that will give people in this city of private places a new sense of the pleasures of public space.

/Paul Goldberger

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Many design elements have evolved since the competition, most notably the Hall's shape, the foyer size, and the consideration and subsequent elimination of a chamber hall and a 350-room hotel.

From Design start in 1987, to Construction start in 1999, to the Inauguration in 2003... it took sixteen years!

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Los Angeles 2002

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Concert Hall Studies

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Los Angeles 2002

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Facts about Walt Disney Concert Hall

Total area:

200,000 ft2

Client:

Walt Disney Concert Hall Committee

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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