When we visited Los Angeles in July, we found chance to tour the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown, designed by the estimable Frank Gehry, as the home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra. Opened in 2003, it had garnered much praised for its sleek and modern look and excellent acoustics, designed by Yasuhisa Toyota. There was a controversy regarding its shining façade and curvilinear curves caused much complaints from neighboring institutions and it had to be sand blasted to dull the even shinier surface than I witnessed.
It was perhaps not as damaging as a London building - a building designed by internationally renowned architect Rafael Viñoly - "a dramatic edifice with curved exterior walls. Built at 20
Fenchurch Street in London's financial center, the 38-story skyscraper is known locally as "the Walkie-Talkie" for its unusual shape," caused quite a few car damages, including several melted mirrors, by the sun's rays funneled by its curvilinear shape functioning like magnifying glass.
It was a sunny day when we visited the concert hall - there was no performances during our staying so a tour was the only option - free tour, even with audio guide in gratis.
It was in a quite open downtown neighborhood and its eye-catching shape was quite easy to spot.
Soon, we went on top the the roof-top garden and had close look of the building's curving metal plates:
There was a little water fountain and small amphitheater as well.
At different area, we had a view of downtown Los Angeles but no view could compete with the exciting building itself:
I was really happy to see some intricate and sturdy structures behind those sensual metal plate:
Here are pictures of what the warm-hued auditorium:
And some photos of the endlessly changing interior:
Right next to it, another massive and interesting looking building was taking shape. How exciting!
Lastly, a compilation of several videos taken on top of the roof garden and from the outside:
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Label: Los Angeles, Los Angeles Trip 2013