Frank Gehry's confident expansion for the New World Symphony was opened January 24th, marking a new era for the orchestra as it embarks on a monumental mission to stimulate fresh interest in an area of the musical spectrum so often overlooked by young minds.
Externally, the dazzlingly white structure is one of Gehry’s quieter compositions; its smooth milky frame punctuated by an 80 ft high wall of glass, through which Miami’s abundance of natural light can penetrate.
Whilst the structure’s exterior does little to expose the artist behind its composition, in the voluminous entrance hall Gehry’s trademark style is sung from the rafters. A grand staircase weaves its way between white abstract rehearsal spaces as a generous, illuminated glass bar and campus box office skim the polished concrete floors. These pure white shapes are fused to a 756 seat concert hall where the traditional essence of classical music is celebrated in the embrace of state of the art digital technology.