Temple of Architecture


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Business/Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall
Address: 141 S Grand Ave
City: Los Angeles
State: CA
Zip Code: 90012
Phone: 323-850-2000
Website: www.laphil.com

Posted by:  Khurram Siddiqi
Photo:  Khurram Siddiqi
   Walt Disney Concert Hall
My dad's an architect, and when I was leaving Pakistan for USC, he told me how this "Frank Gehry" person went to my school and had managed to defy traditional construction techniques by doing only what he thought had to be done. There's something temple-like about this place, not for the music venue and the crowd it attracts, but because of the indifference it spews towards the rest of the architecture around it. Let's face it, Downtown LA's architecture isn't as iconic as Chicago's or many other cities. With this building however, LA's been able to breathe easy again as far as just the downtown area is concerned. Every city needs to hit something out of the park. In my opinion, this is probably it for Los Angeles. West LA, the coastal towns--they can't save LA's reputation. They're outer portions of it. There's a LOT of otherwise classic, and beautiful architecture in downtown, but since most development seems to have taken place away from this part of town, the Walt Disney Hall does more for Downtown's rejuvenation than all the other recent modern architecture. Thanks Frank.






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