Gehry designing L.A.'s Champs Elysée

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Gehry designing L.A.'s Champs Elysée

Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:43 pm

Architect Frank Gehry, who designed the curved, stainless steel Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, has something more conventional in mind for the nearby downtown redevelopment project.

A Los Angeles resident, Gehry was hired in July by the developer of the downtown Grand Avenue Project, Related Cos., for the $1.8-billion (U.S.) project after Disney Hall won positive reviews from architecture critics who compared it to a silver galleon.

Gehry, who also created the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, will design most of the buildings in the $500-million first phase of the project, which aims to transform downtown L.A. into a residential and retail hub. Redevelopment officials are trading on the celebrity of Gehry's name to press for project approvals. "The initial dream was to have it be our Champs Elysée," Dan Ross, chairman of the University of Southern California's Lusk Center for Real Estate, said in an interview. "Gehry could fulfill that."
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