Frank Gehry’s design for a transparent concert hall unveiled
The Colburn School for Performing Arts in Los Angeles has unveiled American architect Frank Gehry’s design for a 9,300 m² extension wrapped in a glass facade that will let passers-by glimpse the action inside.
The $350 million Colburn Center will be located across from the school’s downtown campus. When completed in 2025, it will have a 1,000-seat concert hall, four dance studios and a 100-seat theatre.
Colburn School President Sel Kardan commented, “The center is a physical manifestation of the school’s founding principle of ‘Access to Excellence’, enabling Colburn to continue and expand our educational and of performance in a design that breaks down barriers between audience and performer and reveals the educational process.
The center will be equipped with multimedia technologies and production equipment, including recording and streaming facilities. The exterior of the studio will be occupied by gardens, as well as a 1,000-seat plaza equipped with projectors to broadcast performances from inside the hall.
The expansion project will be carried out in collaboration with Yasuhisa Toyota of Japanese consultancy Nagata Acoustics.
A video of Frank Gehry discussing the design can be seen here.