Frank Gehry once described one of his most well recognized projects, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, as a “living room for the city.” If the home base for the L.A. Phil and the Los Angeles Master Chorale is the parlor, then The Grand by Gehry, Gehry’s recently unveiled new residential building, is the rest of the house.
Developed in collaboration with Related Companies, the 45-story residential building includes 436 residences and 22,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities including an attended lobby, outdoor pool and terrace, fitness center, yoga studio, coworking spaces, dog play spaces, and an expansive entertaining floor with a bar and theater.
“I’m really pleased with it,” Gehry tells AD, adding, “It was hard work.” When designing the complex, it was important to him that the tower fit in with the Disney hall and other nearby cultural institutions like the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Broad, and the Music Center. Luckily, having already made a mark on Grand Avenue, Gehry had a template to work with.
“When I designed Disney Hall, I surrounded the outer box of the hall with the smaller programmatic elements like the lobbies, the box office, and the stairs, in order to make it friendlier to pedestrians on Grand Ave.,” he explains. “In designing The Grand, we used this same principle, gradually building up the scale by surrounding the towers with the smaller-scale elements like the shops and restaurants.”