Gehry and the Committee were more conscious of how people could enter the building to give off the impression that the Disney Concert Hall is accessible to everyone and to feel casual. The use of the grand staircase on the Corner of Grand and 1 st bring the visitor into the building, but many find this staircase abrupt and disappointing. However, Gehry chose this experience to undermine the grander expectation of a classical music audience. It was truly all about the experience of the audience and musician under the influence of sound in the auditorium.
Now celebrating ten years, Frank Gehry’s vision of the design remains strong, “ I believe the design of the Walt Disney Concert Hall suggest music, and I hope that when people attend concerts in the hall, their eyes will wander through the shapes of the building and find that what they see harmonizes with the music they are listening to.” And not only has the Walt Disney Concert Wall shaped visitors who experience a symphony there, but the hall has had an overall influence on Los Angeles itself.
There are some common characteristics that make public spaces successful: Promotes human contact and social activities, it is safe, welcoming and accommodating for all users, it is visually interesting, promotes community involvement, reflects local culture or history, and has a unique character.
The Walt Disney Concert meets and exceeds all of these expectations. The interior of the performance space alone demonstrates most of these characteristics. The concert hall provides a place for all local people to return to for a variety of concerts and is an attraction for people visiting the city, looking to experience something out of the ordinary.
From the very beginning of deciding what this space should be, the hall was destined to be a project to revitalize Los Angeles Downtown Area. The Hall had the potential to deepen the public’s appreciation for music and art, enhance the quality of the life citywide, and reshape the image of Los Angeles around the world.
Eli Broad, an entrepreneur and philanthropist involved with the project said, “ Cities are remembered by their art and culture, but cities can support only one great symphony, one great opera; in Los Angeles they all come together Downtown. This is why Disney Hall is so important. Architecture is the matter of the arts, and quality of architecture raises our level of...