“Frank Gehry has been selected to design a campus extension for the Colburn School, including an 1,100-seat concert hall that will further expand the Grand Avenue arts corridor in downtown Los Angeles,” writes Jessica Gelt in Wednesday’s (3/14) Los Angeles Times. “The project … also includes a 700-seat studio theater for dance and vocal performance, a 100-seat theater for smaller-scale and experimental work, as well as classrooms, dance studios, an outdoor performance area and housing for students and guest artists. The project will be built between Olive and Hill streets near 2nd Street and will result in three consecutive blocks of Gehry designs downtown. The architect’s Walt Disney Concert Hall is slated to be joined by a residential, retail and restaurant development across the street called the Grand…. The new Colburn venues are planned one block farther down Bunker Hill…. [Colburn President and CEO Sel] Kardan said … with many of L.A.’s top-tier performance venues seating more than 1,500 people or fewer than 600, the new Colburn concert hall will help to fill a gap in the middle…. The goal will be to equal the performance quality of Walt Disney Concert Hall but with half the seating capacity.”

Posted March 15, 2018