Gehry unveils designs for proposed concert halls in LA

Posted on: September 11, 2020

“As the decades-delayed mixed-use facility designed by Frank Gehry begins to take … shape across the street from his Walt Disney Concert Hall, crucial missing pieces of that transformation are suddenly noticeable: two concert halls and a public plaza by Gehry that are keys to making Grand Avenue an arts arena like none other in America,” writes Mark Swed in Monday’s (9/7) Los Angeles Times. “With fundraising for the Colburn School project stalled, however, Gehry released to The Times images of his concert hall models.… Developer Related Cos. is providing restaurants, shops, movie theaters, a hotel and an apartment tower. Closely relating the proposed Colburn halls to the Grand bestows on Related a heart and soul…. Gehry’s plan calls for a glass-enclosed, 1,100-seat concert hall on one end, plus a boxy 700-seat theater.… Gehry said this new arts complex will cost $310 million…. The Colburn School acknowledged in a statement that it’s grappling with the financial impact of the present … and that it ‘has decided to pause any further development of the project for an indefinite period of time.’… Colburn’s president and chief executive, Sel Kardan, said were a major donor to come along, the project could certainly be revived.”