Gehry presents new proposal for site
opposite his Walt Disney Concert Hall


News: architect Frank Gehry has submitted new plans for a hotel and apartment complex to be located across the road from his Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Frank Gehry's original plans for the three-acre site on Grand Avenue were declined in 2006, but the architect is once again working alongside real estate developer Related Companies on a new vision that would see a pair of towers constructed opposite one of his most iconic buildings.

According to the LA Times, the complex will comprise a stacked arrangement of shops and restaurants arranged around a U-shaped plaza. The two towers will be positioned on either side, with the first housing a 300-room hotel and the second containing apartments for both rental and sale.

Grand Avenue complex by Frank Gehry and Related Companies

Landscaped terraces would cascade down the side of the complex, offering residents and guests a view towards the famous concert hall. There's also an option to add an auditorium that could be used as both a performance space and a nightclub.

Proposals were submitted to planning officials on Monday. If approved, construction could begin in 2015 and be complete by 2018.

Gehry is also reported to be looking at the design of the Grand Avenue streetscape and could propose new paving and street lighting between the concert hall and the site. He recently complained about plans for a new subway line nearby, claiming it would ruin performances.

  • AB

    Frank got tired of his paper and scissor shapes, and back playing with his wooden blocks again. Finally.

  • Nerdy

    Zaha says: “It’s not a vagina AND it’s not MVRDV ” … I guess.

  • BC

    The original scheme wasn’t “declined” by anyone but the developer. Related decided they didn’t want to build it at the start of a major recession.

  • H-J

    Back in the day this would only be step one in Gehry’s design process.

  • Man

    I believe Gehry once said “I hate 90 degrees” or “angular shapes are boring” or something like that. Slave of your words, master of your silence Mr Gehry.