Walt Disney Concert
location: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
In 1987, Lilian Disney donated $50 million to establish a concert hall in honor of her late husband, Walt. Frank Gehry was selected from among several candidates during a design competition the following year. Home to the LA Philharmonic, it has received wide acclaim for its excellent acoustics and distinctive architecture. In the decade since its opening, the hall’s sweeping, metallic surfaces have become associated with Frank Gehry’s signature style.→
Frank Gehry (1929 – ) is a internationally acclaimed Canadian-American architect. Notorious for his expressive use of form (and its sometimes inflationary effect on project budgets), Gehry is best known for his postmodern designs, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, which fellow architect Philip Johnson once dubbed “the greatest building of our time.” →