New World Center is Kick-Ass Architecture, But Performance Hall Comes Across as Tacky
By now, it's well established that the New World Center is a pretty kick-ass piece of architecture. Frank Gehry's latest work has enchanted critics the world over with its restrained exterior and bizarrely beautiful, white-washed interior.
But are we the only ones who think the concert hall itself is... um... a little tacky?
First, there's the wood stage and staircases that, in a $160 million building, somehow manage to come across as cheap looking.
Then there's the striped white paneling that looks more like vinyl siding than new age sound insulation.
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Last but not least hideous are the speckled pastel blue and sea foam-colored seats on all sides of the stage.
"They remind me of a hotel," one visitor said. Not the luxury kind, we're guessing. Even Gehry himself joked about the seats.
"When (acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota) picked the color of the seats, I was a little scared," he said during a press tour of the performance hall on Tuesday. "But they do work. You are in Miami."
We'll leave that to you to decide. Below are some pics:
Their outfits and glasses scream "symphony," but the seats say "1980s stonewashed jeans."
The ceiling, at least, is nice and Gehry-esque: plain, white... sails? Whatever they are, at least they aren't speckled seafoam blue
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