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Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles, CA

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Frank Gehry and encompassing 293,000 square feet, seats 2,260 in its main hall and offers an array of specialized performance and practice spaces, including the REDCAT Theater. As the associate acoustician, Salter helped create solutions for building systems noise reduction, environmental sound isolation, sound isolation between interior spaces, and interior acoustics for the practice and rehearsal spaces. By incorporating eight skylights and a large window into the concert hall, the design diminishes environmental noise and provides natural light. Isolated interior walls were built inside the sculptural metal exterior to act as a sound barrier. The concert hall is now lauded for its stellar acoustics. “Everyone can now hear what the L.A. Philharmonic is supposed to sound like,” said Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director of the esteemed orchestra, shortly after the building’s grand opening.

  • Gehry Partners, Los Angeles, CA
  • AIA Building Team of the Year Award, 2003, The American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter


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