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Wednesday, February 09, 2005
It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's the Atlanta Symphony's New Home

 height= Consumed no doubt by an edifice complex about the new Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has unveiled plans for its future home. Designed by architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, who did the steel-and-glass-roofed Olympic Stadium in Greece, the site of the 2004 Games' opening and closing ceremonies, the 279,600-square-foot structure will sit on a 3.8 acre site at Peachtree and 14th streets.

The Concert Hall will feature 34,000 square feet of performance and public space and 41,000 square feet of backstage support space and will be surrounded by 2,000 vineyard-style seats, including 200 seats for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. It will have an operable ceiling, adjustable in height from 48 feet to 104 feet above the stage to provide variable acoustics.

The press blurb reads like an Victoria's Secret catalogue for architecture freaks:
Calatrava's design enfolds expanses of glass and steel within gently curving shells of gleaming white concrete. Public areas in and around the building, notably a pair of light-filled lobbies, open onto landscaped plazas. The lower plaza provides an entrance for visitors who arrive by car. The upper, which serves as a public gathering place and lookout, connects the building to a ceremonial run of trees via an elevated walkway.

Rising from behind the structure and then swooping down, as if reaching toward Peachtree Street, are two "bent leaves" of lattice-like steel. The smaller of these marks a side entrance on a terrace. The larger, which tops the structure at 186 feet, gives dramatic definition to the building's central axis. The movable steel "wings" of a sunscreen will open and close over the soaring, glazed volume of the upper lobby.
I don't love it like I love Frank Gehry's masterpiece in Los Angeles.

 



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