Born in 1929. Age 93
"I love the challenge of concert halls. How do you make a building communicate? How do you make the stage conducive to interaction - or the orchestra share what the audience is feeling? It has to do with scale, materials, placement of details its humanity" — Frank Gehry
"I like the idea of glass. It has a light value, a welcoming attraction" — Frank Gehry
"Gehry has proven time and again the force that's produced when whimsical design is done masterfully" — Architectural Digest
The Concert Hall will be an inspiring visual experience, a truly flexible space, with state-of-the art acoustics: with the benefits of the intimacy and sight-lines of the 'vineyard' design, within the warmer enveloping reverberations of the 'shoebox'.
David Whelton: London is one of the music capitals of the world. It is also the home of five symphony orchestras and a multitude of smaller ensembles as well. But the great London musical public can never hear these musicians and their orchestras as they really are. Because London lacks a great concert hall to support their music. As chief executive of the Philharmonia Orchestra, I've taken the orchestra to the greatest concert halls in the world. And as we traveled, we realised just how important a great hall is, to be a great orchestra.
In Wimbledon, we plan to design a hall and build a hall that will compare with the greatest spaces, where the great orchestras of the world can play.
Narrator: Wimbledon's acoustics will be engineered by the acclaimed acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, who works closely with Frank Gehry.
Narrator: Toyota has masterminded the sound of many of the great concert halls of the world, including the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and Gehry's Disney Hall in Los Angeles. And the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin.
Narrator: Wimbledon's accoustics will be on the best, most experienced hands.
"Playing in a great hall is a very special feeling. Acoustics are just so important" — Maxim Rysanov, violist
"That's when those really inspiring, life-affirming, memorable performances really happen when an artist is inspired by the space in which he is playing" — Frank Gehry
"This collective experience in a great concert hall, a great performance of any kind, I really believe elevates the soul" — Mike Fuller, Double Bass, Former CEO Philharmonia