The word architectural marvel is used quite often. Used to describe a building’s beauty, it is often overused. However, that term can be used to describe the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. With its cubist appearance and amazing acoustics, the building truly is a modern day triumph of architecture.

Construction

Construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall began in 1987 and was completed in 2003. It took 16 years to build, which is on average about half the time it takes for a typical concert hall to be built.

The final cost of construction was $274 million plus $110 million for parking. In 1987, when plans for the Walt Disney Concert Hall were first announced, it was budgeted at $125 million.

This would make it one of America’s most affordable major concert halls at that time (in today’s dollars).

It turns out that Lillian Disney donated $50 million towards building her namesake concert hall—“the largest private donation ever made in the US at the time.”

Frank Gehry would go on to design several other notable buildings including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Facebook Headquarters Building 1 at Menlo Park; however this was his first major concert hall project and he had yet to become famous as an architect known for designing unusual structures that have become iconic around the world.

Opened

The Walt Disney Concert Hall opened on October 23, 2003. The Los Angeles Philharmonic moved in with their conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, while the Los Angeles Master Chorale and other artists began performing there shortly thereafter.

Use

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is a performance venue that is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. It is also used for other events, including tours, receptions and weddings. The building itself has become a key part of the skyline of downtown Los Angeles since opening in 2003.

Architect Frank Gehry and Associates

  • Frank Gehry (born Frank Owen Goldberg; February 28, 1929) is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect whose works make use of materials such as chain-link fencing and cardboard tubes.
  • His buildings, including his private residence, have become tourist attractions that attract admirers from around the world.
  • He was born in Toronto but grew up in Los Angeles where he studied at the University of Southern California School of Architecture. Gehry graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1954 and then spent graduation year working for Victor Gruen Associates.After serving two years with United States Air Force during Korea Conflict, Gehry returned to Los Angeles where he taught at the University of Southern California.

Services engineer Arup Group, San Francisco office

As the services team, we’re responsible for making sure that Walt Disney Concert Hall, a world-renowned performance venue in downtown Los Angeles, is safe and comfortable for residents, visitors and performers.

Services engineers Arup Group (the company that designed the building) created systems to make the building work: everything from how water gets delivered to a sink in a bathroom to how sound bounces off walls during performances or rehearsals.

The services team works closely with all other teams involved in building projects—architects, contractors and owners—to ensure all systems are working as they should be before it is handed over at occupancy.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall has been a key part of the Los Angeles skyline

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is a concert hall in downtown Los Angeles. Located on the campus of the Music Center of Los Angeles County, it is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and was designed by architect Frank Gehry.

The exterior of this building has been used as a unique architectural model for many other buildings around the world.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall’s distinctive design makes it one of LA’s most recognized landmarks, especially since its location at the top of a hill overlooking central LA provides spectacular views from most angles.