Frank Gehry Walt Disney concert Hall is perhaps the most iconic new building in the US, but Gehry wasn’t responsible for all of the interiors. Rather, 12,000 square feet of infill - programmed for a bookstore, restaurant, and street-side café - were left blank. A design competition was held to determine who would be responsible for filling out this space, but what designer would be able, let alone daring enough, to stand up next to today’s most famous and unique of expressionist architects? Hagy Belzberg won the commission and his design is the perfect complement to Gehry’s tradition-breaking concert hall. This volume explores Belzberg’s infill in depth through detailed illustration, including glorious full-color photography and precise technical diagrams.
The essay by themed architecture critic Joseph Giovannini traces the development of Belzberg’s technique through his houses in the hills of Los Angeles and his restaurants on that city’s great boulevards, and reveals the common conceptual ground on which Gehry’s and Belzberg designs came together.