Walt Disney Concert Hall
Designed in 1991 and constructed between 1999 and 2003, the Walt Disney Concert Hall was commissioned after Walt Disney’s widow donated $50 million for a new concert hall in Los Angeles to honor her husband’s memory. The building was made of stainless steel and polished to shine “as bright as Disney’s mind.”
After the hall was completed, it was determined that the concert hall created a harsh glare that negatively impacted nearby condominiums. Disney’s shining memory was soon dulled.
The Gehry Residence
Located in Santa Monica, California, the Gehry Residence is, unsurprisingly, where Frank Gehry himself resides. Gehry purchased the erstwhile pink bungalow property in 1977 and soon began expanding and modifying the house, eventually building an entirely new structure around the preexisting one. The house incorporates a variety of materials, including chain link fences and steel.
The Art Gallery of Ontario
Over a century after the gallery’s establishment, the CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario decided in 2003 that the building would undergo a massive remodeling project with the help of Frank Gehry. Characteristic to art galleries, Gehry couldn’t simply deconstruct the building as he saw fit–he was required to build around existing structures and expansions and unite them all architecturally. Once it was completed, Gehry was praised for the restraint he showed in his designs and for how well he was able to blend his own additions into the previous structures.