The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Frank Gehry’s Curvaceous, Stainless Steel in Los Angeles
Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall is a world-class performance venue to the privileged people of Los Angeles and a tribute to Walt Disney’s devotion to the arts, an idea coined by his wife, Lillian Disney. To any eye, it’s an intriguing combination of fervent shapes and forms, a mystery that sort of regenerates itself to the point that it’s never the same to any onlooker.
Coupled with intelligent play with lighting fixtures, at night the metal is a one-of-a-kind canvas that is flexible to any form of ambience that can be created by the reflection of light. These surfaces that are already dancing in undulating further come alive in different hues that wow guests and leave lasting memories.
As designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, the acoustian, the sound in the main room is pristine and almost palpable, designed with spatial and material considerations. Serendipity or not, the concert hall’s partitions and curved, billowing ceiling act as part of the acoustical system while subtly referencing the sculptural language of the exterior.
On the other side of the argument, the type that normally takes place in the commentary section, Gehry’s style at times does seem unfinished or even crude. The glare from the shiny metal roof heats up nearby apartments and dazzles motorists, not in the exciting kind of way. The slanting leaning walls, glittery wrappings, and curvy surfaces are unjustifiably expensive, burdensome to maintain, and infuriating to use.
Gehry, not to be confused with Frank Lloyd Wright, far from it, is the least likely to say “Let’s keep this nice and simple”, according to The Guardian. As king of the outsiderdom, of anything that is outside the box, Frank Gehry is good enough to convince billionaire clients, and that’s his niche.