Gehry's Disney Hall May Be Sandblasted to Reduce Glare

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According to a new study, the surface of Los Angeles's Walt Disney Concert Hall might be hazardous to drivers, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Schiler & Associates, a Pasadena-based consulting firm, has analyzed the glare from the curved, polished stainless-steel exterior of the concert hall, and determined that the sun's reflection on the building is blinding for pedestrians and residents and, more dangerously, drivers.

So far, no traffic accidents are reported to have been caused by the glare, however.

In addition, the reflection raises the temperature around the building, in some places up to 138 degrees. To alleviate the problem, parts of the building have been draped in a mesh fabric. A possible long-term solution involves sandblasting certain of the exterior's panels to make them less reflective.

Schiler & Associates, along with Sapphos Environmental, Inc, has been working with architect Frank Gehry since July 2003 to come up with ways to cut down on the building's glare.

The building's supervisors are expected to approve a solution to the glare problem in January, and if approved, the sandblasting could be completed by June. Marc Schiler, head of Schiler & Associates, told the Daily News, "We have told [the county] what panels should be dealt with and we've evaluated different possibilities. And [Gehry] will make the decision on which possibilities to use, based not only on the physical analysis, but on his aesthetics." So far, Gehry has not commented about the sandblasting, or on any other possible solution.

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