Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles, California
Size: 293,000 square feet
Construction Cost: $274,000,000
The iconic Disney Concert Hall by Frank Gehry is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center. It is home to the LA Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Occupying an entire city block at the northern end of Downtown LA on Grand Avenue, the project includes an underground parking structure, offices, restaurant and dining area, rehearsal facilities, a founder’s hall, and the 2,265-seat main hall – clad in custom fabricated Douglas-fir. In addition to the fully surrounded orchestra the main hallmark of the project are the sail-like stainless steel exterior panels. Originally the structure was to be clad in stone, but construction delays required that the exterior be re-designed in less costly steel. The Disney project marked an important entre into Building Information Modeling for John A. Martin, and remains a seminal project in the firm’s portfolio.