Photographer's Note

The strikingly beautiful Walt Disney Concert Hall is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
It is also a key element in an urban revitalization effort in underway Downtown of LA.
The Walt Disney family insisted on the best and, with an initial gift of $50 million to build a world-class performance venue, that's what they got: A masterpiece of design by world-renown architect Frank Gehry, and an acoustical quality that equals or surpasses the best concert halls in the world. Similar to Gehry's most famous architectural masterpiece, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the concert hall's dramatic stainless-steel exterior consists of a series of undulating curved surfaces that partially envelop the entire building, presenting multiple glimmering facades to the surrounding neighborhood. Within is a dazzling 2,273-seat auditorium replete with curved woods and a dazzling array of organ pipes (also designed by Gehry), as well as a Joachim Splichal's Patina restaurant, the hip Concert Hall Cafe, a bookstore, and a gift shop.

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Additional Photos by Gilad Benari (gilad33) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 913] (14429)
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