Frank Gehry Unveils Designs for New Performance Venues in Downtown LA

One venue will contain a 700-seat theater dedicated to hosting dance, opera and experimental shows.

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Last year, Frank Gehry unveiled a new gleaming storefront in Seoul, South Korea for Louis Vuitton. The renowned architect is now back with plans for two giant performance venues in downtown Los Angeles, California. The first structure features a sprawling glass facade and will house a 1,100-seat concert hall.

The smaller establishment is an opaque 700-seat theater dedicated to hosing dance, opera and experimental performances. Plans for the theater included a rounded interior which could also serve as performance space for the Colburn School and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Both of the halls are an extension of the Colburn School — a performing arts educational institution that champions music and dance programming. The project would replace surface parking lots that are currently on 2nd, Olive and Hill Streets in downtown Los Angeles. Accompanying the smaller space is a nearby plaza that will feature a large projection that can stream performances from inside the complex or act as an outdoor stage for live concerts or other events.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the total budget for the proposed expansion is estimated at $310 million USD.

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