Frank Gehry to Design Home for Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra

Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Image courtesy Sandra Espinet.

Frank Gehry has been tapped to spearhead the design of a permanent home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). The project will see the transformation of a 17,000-square-foot structure in Inglewood, California, into a community center and music academy. Renderings have not yet been revealed for the project, which is slated to open in 2022.

“The L.A. Philharmonic is the first orchestra anywhere to take such an enormous step for the future of its community. Thanks to the time I’ve spent with [Dudamel], I’ve seen the difference that YOLA makes in young people’s lives,” said Gehry, who designed the Philharmonic’s famed Walt Disney Concert Hall, in a statement. “I’m proud to play my part by making spaces where the kids can feel inspired, and YOLA can open up the whole world of music to them.”

The proposed design will include rehearsal and educational facilities as well as a performance venue. The center will allow the YOLA program to accommodate a larger community of students; it currently engages with some 1,000 students from some of the city’s underserved neighborhoods.