I promised you to write about some interesting places that Baba visited in LA, so today is about Walt Disney Concert Hall/LA Philharmonic. Well, this isn't exactly a 'place' - it's a building.
In the picture on the right you can see its very unusual and somehow 'musical' shape. It was designed by Frank Gehry, a very famous architect. It's a very contemporary design. The exterior of the building is made from stainless steel. All the curves made the building an extremely difficult one to construct.
We did not go to a concert there, we just wondered around the building and spent some time in its beautiful roof garden. A concert there surely would have been an unforgettable experience as it is one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world. They say that the sound is absolutely amazing.
The roof garden is open to the public, so we had an enjoyable walk around there. It's an interesting feeling walking between stainless steel and beautiful flowers and trees in the same time. The view from the garden is great as the building is located in the downtown LA, right in between many skyscrapers and office buildings. At the center of the garden is a rose fountain dedicated to Lillian Disney (you can see it in the middle picture), who provided the initial donation of $50 million towards the building of the Concert Hall. The fountain is constructed from broken pieces of Delft China, Lillian’s favorite. Gehry named the fountain, “A Rose for Lilly.”
Both, I and Baba, we were amazed by the unusual, contemporary shape of the building and the way the massive sheets of stainless steel were curved.