Solution #1: Walt Disney Concert Hall

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for your comments on my first post (keep them coming!) and… Congratulations Adrien! You are right! I am talking about Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

One of my favorite places to go to in the city – Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in the United States – if not around the world.

As you can see in the sketches and images below the irregular shaping of its exterior makes it one of the architectural highlights of downtown LA.

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Here some background information on Walt Disney Concert Hall: Construction started in 1996 under architect Frank Gehry’s. His initial plan was to give the concert hall a stone façade, but when investors saw the work he did in Bilbao, Spain with the Guggenheim museum they changed the initial plans and decided to make the outside walls out of metal, giving the building its distinctive design and shiny look. The building was finished in 2003 and opened to the public in October 2003.

Today it is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

When you walk around the building on the third level the walkway takes you through a canyon of walls that can heat up extensively on hot days in the city – so you better not touch them ;). The way merges into a small garden dedicated to one of the concert hall’s major investors – Lillian Disney. The peaceful oasis blocks out the busy city perfectly and is a mingling point for many lovebirds out there. It also gives you a pretty nice view of the city and on good days you can look as far as the Hollywood sign!

The beautifully designed fountain in the center of the garden – made of broken pieces of Delft China and is shaped in the form of a rose. Architect Frank Gehry named it “A rose for Lillian” after the wife of Walt Disney.

Rose fountain

Metal on the outside – wood on the inside, the concert hall is not only a magnificent building to look at but also to walk through! The unique shaping of the great concert hall has been developed along with the acoustics and is complemented by the 6,134-pipe organ – the French Fries – that towers above the rear of the stage. In combination they allow for the most amazing musical experience.

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You can listen to what the organ sounds like online here:

Now keep your eyes open for my next post where I will introduce you to another amazing architectural sight in California! It’s coming soon!


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