I’ve visited Down Town Los Angeles several times for very brief visits. Being a New Yorker, I wasn’t blown away. But then I stayed longer and DTLA began to grow on me. Today I totally changed my mind. After visiting MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) and enjoying lunch in the garden (OUTSIDE in December!), I crossed the street, pulled by the magnetism of the concert hall and to see The Broad, newest of L.A.’s iconic museums.
The Broad had lines of people waiting to enter. One was for people who had reserved tickets and the other, even longer, was the closed line for standbys. Through the street-level windows I could see its twisting, organic underbelly. Next time I’ll plan ahead to go inside.
Inexorably drawn by architect Frank Gehry’s reflective curves, I approached the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The monumental, non-orthogonal volumes challenge the conventional conception of what a building looks like. It’s impossible to pass by without gaping at Gehry’s creation.
Unlike the concrete lobby of The Broad,
the concert hall lobby has massive wooden trees (or so they appeared to me).
As unique and exhilarating as New York unquestionably is, it doesn’t yet have anything that rises to the imagination and daring of these two structures.