The New World Symphony designed by Gehry Partners LLP is located in Miami, United States. The catalyst for realising the project was probably when Frank Gehry entered the picture some nine years ago. The family connection goes way back to when Gehry used to babysit for Tilson Thomas, so the thought process had an unusually long run-in period. The two eventually presented a plan to the city for a new building on a parking lot of some 500 spaces, one of the last undeveloped parts in Miami Beach. The rest is history.
Gehry’s interpretation of this brief, an outwardly innocuous building I believe, marks a benchmark both in the career of its creator and in the Performing Space building typology. At first glance it’s startling mainly because it isn’t. It doesn’t shout at you like a Bilbao or Disney as you’d expect. In fact, you could easily miss it as your yellow cab cruised through the Miami grid.