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Walt Disney Concert Hall

I remember it when I was young. I would put different shapes together of any random things. Without actual worth, meaning or even end-result in mind, it didn’t really matter if I was making sense on how it looked. I guess at least I was trying to make sense, or perhaps like any other kid, I was just curious on how it would turn out. I used to draw the same way too, just random scribbles of anything.

Unlike me, Frank Gehry was able to make our childhood imaginations to life. He is the man behind the design of Walt Disney Concert Hall, the home of Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Los Angeles Master Chorale. I turned to my ever-informative friend, Wikipedia, and I was shown some very eccentric, majestic architectural designs of Frank Gehry all over the world.

Walt Disney Concert Hall was just like that. I observed it for any specific pattern and found none, just striking amalgam of styles, curves and forms. Circling around the building, it sure elicits marvel and fascination. I personally like to think of it as metallic pieces that randomly splashed, arose out from down under and protruded up the ground.

- Pardon the picture, but there is actually a person there taking pictures. -

It proves to me now as California continues to impress me with it that there are plenty of establishments here such as museums, theaters, art and education centers, shops and restaurants that do not only offer interior focus but are clearly high on incredible exterior designs as well. I was completely amazed by Walt Disney Concert Hall, and felt very fortunate that I get to see one of Frank Gehry’s genius creations even only from the outside. I consider it’s unusual concept as a top contender for best architectural design I’ve ever witness. Now, taking the docent-guided free tour of the inside is high on my list. Or maybe someday,I can turn my class on and see an opera or any musical performances there.

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68 Comments

  1. Great shots, Rommel — well done!

  2. premdev says:

    I’ve been meaning to photograph this amazing architecture for years now, but just couldn’t get the chance. We happen to just pass by every time we are near the area and you know how parking is in downtown, kind of crazy. Well, you did well and really great.

  3. Nice coverage of the Disney Concert Hall. The design could give the Guggenheim in Balboa, SP a run for its money.

    • Lynette says:

      That was a great building – was there when they had a motorcycle expo about 10yrs ago. I was in heaven!

    • rommel says:

      Ahhhh, Yes, yes, yes. I saw it on the Frank Gehry link I provided. He is truly a genius! What I would do to actually see and witness everything he created in all parts of the world.

  4. Lynette says:

    Great pics! Looks alot like our EMP (Experience Music Project) here in Seattle.

  5. What a Cool Place – great photos – thanks for sharing!

  6. Madhu says:

    For the longest time I was under the impression that the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao was the only one of its kind! The reason why we made a dash from Barcelona just to see it! Kind of disappointed that Gehry was prolific with this style of building! Remarkable nevertheless, and your photos do it full justice :-)

  7. What a beautiful piece of architecture! And thank you so very much for the kind words about my blog – very much appreciate the mention :)
    Anne

  8. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Now look stop showing me these amazing places across the pond – I can’t afford to go! :-) :-):-)
    fab photography Rommel!

  9. i bet the acoustics of that building are something

  10. I’ve been wanting to see a concert here for some time now. Gerhy did an interesting building for Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio – in case you are ever in those neck of the woods! Thanks for sharing your words and photos!

  11. Debra Kolkka says:

    What a great looking building! Great photos too.

  12. elfkat says:

    I had a friend whose apt faced it before it was matte surfaced she said the darn thing was so shiny it lit her apt and blinded her at sunset

    • elfkat says:

      Did you ceck all the little gardens they have around it?

      • rommel says:

        I can imagine how strong of the glare it reflects esp. When it’s shiny and new. Now, it actually needs a lot of scrubbing. Hehe. :D
        I did see the greens. Just that, the sun was very strong the time I was there. Too much shadows that I can’t get a clear solid image of it.

  13. tchistorygal says:

    Wow to live so close and to never have been there. I am going to have to get going!!! Those shots are all fabulous. Good post!

  14. SKEdaddle says:

    Wow, amazing architectural images! Well done.

  15. I used to live in LA. I loved that building!

  16. adinparadise says:

    Wonderful images, rommel. That last one is so magical. :)

  17. themofman says:

    That place is stunningly beautiful.

  18. You did such a great job of capturing the design. Now you must see a concert. It’s a lovely place inside, too. We have tickets to a New Year’s Even concert and I am sure I’ll post about it. I’ll probably link back to you. I can’t imagine I’d be able to take photos as great as you did. I am sure you would have enjoyed the tour of the inside, but the architecture and design of the outside is an event in itself. Again…really great photos!!

    • rommel says:

      I have an idea of the inside from watching the movie “The Soloist”. But that’s about it.
      I’ll be back there probably in December for the tour inside. I’ll wait for your better pictures before I post mine if I did able to go in. ;)
      Just give me a nudge.

  19. That’s an amazing landmark! Is that fairly new or been there forever and I just never knew about it? (I visit California almost every year, in LA especially). Kind of actually reminds me of the Sydney Opera House

    • rommel says:

      Failrly new, 2003. But of course, Sydney Opera House is the most popular overshadowing all other concert halls. I would be floored to go there. I love WDCH for its eccentricity though.

  20. I remember when I visited Walt Disney Concert Hall. It was breath taking. Too bad I didnt have a camera at the time. You captured the building very well!

  21. Angelia Sims says:

    What a neat place. The smooth design is incredible. He sure was an imaginative guy. I love the night photo. So pretty! I bet the music sounds fantastic inside. You need to go, so you can tell me. Haha.

    • rommel says:

      Hahahaha, you said it so casually like it’s nothing. Yes Ma’am, Aye, aye Captain, I’ll take the tour inside …. you just gonna have to WAIT! Hehe. :D

  22. poppytump says:

    I had no idea about this particular amazing Concert Hall ! You have done some fantastic photography Rommel to show off the incredible design and futuristic quality – if that’s not too much of a hackneyed phrase :-)
    The Guggenheim perhaps a bit more accessible to see first for me at some point !

    • rommel says:

      How I wish I can say the same thing -Guggenheim being close to where I’m at. Thanks for the compliments. I can see now that not many are aware of this building, surprisingly actually.

  23. LuAnn says:

    Frank Gehry’s architecture is truly amazing and the way you have captured it is pretty sweet, particularly at night. I’m sure being able to attend a musical performance there would be very special. :)

  24. some awesome perspective in those shots!

  25. Great shots of a simply stupendous building :)

  26. Been to LA a hundred times but never got a chance to even get a glimpse of this building. Nice shots.

  27. eof737 says:

    Quite the remarkable structure… It is truly a wonder. ;-)

  28. The architecture is amazing. You captured it very well!

  29. The architectural design looks like it was created from the magic wand of Merlin the warlock. Amazing in all corners of the building plus a radiant sunset to create a perfect picture. Have a great weekend.

  30. Imelda says:

    Those are wonderful architectural shots you have. I personally prefer old style buildings but the flowing form of the Concert Hall is quite fascinating.

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