Photo Journal: Frank Gehry's Design for New World Symphony's New Hall

Classic Arts News   Photo Journal: Frank Gehry's Design for New World Symphony's New Hall
 
Ever since the New World Symphony announced, back in 2003, that it had engaged superstar architect Frank Gehry to design a new high-tech performance venue and headquarters building in Miami Beach, some of us have been itching to know one thing:

What's it going to look like?

After all, Gehry made a spectacular statement that same year with Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. And Gehry's next two music venues, the Fisher Center at Bard College in New York state and the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park, are pretty impressive as well.

Gehry and the New World Symphony unveiled their plans for the venue in Miami this past January, and local journalists seemed to be intrigued. But for the curious among us who aren't in South Beach, and thus depend on the Web, drawings of the project were difficult to find.

Until this week, that is. In connection with the announcement of a $90 million gift toward the building's construction, the New World Symphony has released some architectural renderings of the project.

So what is it going to look like?

Have a look at the images below.

The new building, projected to cost about $150 million, will feature a 700-foot concert hall, rehearsal rooms, office space, and state-of-the-art technical and media facilities — including equipment for giving and receiving coaching sessions, conferences and even performances over long distances via Internet2. One face of the proposed building is designed to suggest a proscenium arch, and there will be a sizeable park just alongside. The exterior will be clad in white plaster — which will not only echo the Art Deco architecture for which Miami Beach is famous, but should prevent the problem of heat and glare that plagued the neighbors of Disney Hall.

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All images below by Gehry Partners LLP, courtesy of the New World Symphony.


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