Frank Gehry will “transform” Inglewood building into Philharmonic concert hall

It will serve as a permanent home for the youth orchestra

Architect Frank Gehry and the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall (Credit: Getty Images)
Architect Frank Gehry and the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall (Credit: Getty Images)

There’s at least one man in Los Angeles who doesn’t quite comprehend the whole “retirement” deal.

Frank Gehry has taken on yet another project in L.A. And this time, it’s in very much up-and-coming Inglewood, Curbed reported. The 88-year-old architect will “transform” an existing 17,000-square-foot building at the corner of South La Brea Avenue and Manchester Boulevard to create a permanent home for the L.A. Philharmonic’s youth orchestra.

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Soon to be called The Judith and Thomas L. Bechmen YOLA Center @ Inglewood, the plan is to “create a central resource for an expanded youth orchestra” and double the number of students it serves by 2022.

This marks the second project Gehry is designing for children in South Los Angeles. He’s already designing the new headquarters of Children’s Institute Inc. in Watts pro bono, in addition to a retail and housing complex on the Sunset Strip, a master plan for the LA river, and new towers in Bunker Hill.

Inglewood, already home to iconic concert venue the Forum, is slated to receive a 70,240-seat, $2.6 billion stadium by 2020. Developers and city officials are taking note of the lucrative opportunities that may present, as evidenced by Izek Shomof’s recent $18 million purchase of a shabby hotel. The city is also making headway in improving the city’s streets and transportation infrastructure – it recently unveiled two potential land use plans that would drastically impact the areas surrounding transit hubs. [Curbed] – Natalie Hoberman