L.A. Shorts: The Phantom

On previous visits to Los Angeles, I had only driven by the Walt Disney Concert Hall at night, and each time it reminded me of a shimmering phantom ship rising above an urban ocean. This time, on foot and during the day, it had the same fantastic effect, fitting for a building that bears the name of Disney. The architecture is a flawless wonder, tricking the eye into constant motion, making it difficult to rest on one spot. It is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and designed by Frank Gehry, who is best known for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Dancing House in Prague, the Experience Music Project in Seattle among many others. If you will be in the the Los Angeles area I urge you to make room in your schedule for a visit. If you don’t have time for a formal tour, it’s easy to walk the perimeter and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by a rooftop garden tucked inside the gleaming exterior.



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