Gehry Partners and Mark Cavagnero Associates appointed to design proposed renovation of Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco | News

Gehry Partners and Mark Cavagnero Associates appointed to design proposed renovation of Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco |  News

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San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Louise M. Davis Symphony Hall Interior.  Photo by Craig Moll / Courtesy of San Francisco Symphony Hall.

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Louise M. Davis Symphony Hall Interior. Photo by Craig Moll / Courtesy of San Francisco Symphony Hall.



Plan from Gehry Partners, LLP. and Mark Cavagnero Associates to renovate the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra’s 43-year-old Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall is moving forward after the proposal was first announced.

In September, the client submitted a proposal to start the entitlement process for renovations to the structure designed by SOM and Pietro Belluschi. The goal is to make the symphony “publicly accessible, transparent, and engaging,” according to its press release. The foundation says it is still in the exploratory phase of the process and cautions that it has not yet committed to a project or submitted any further permits as the concepts are explored further.

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Louise M. Davis Symphony Hall. Photo by Drew Altizer / Courtesy of San Francisco Symphony Hall.

Jerry, whose long-standing collaboration with renowned acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, will once again take center stage when the Colburn School of Music’s expanded campus project begins in the fall of 2025, has been mentioned as responsible for the hall’s interior fit-out. Cavagnero, who recently won awards for separate performing arts spaces in the city, will be responsible for designing the building’s new envelope, renovating the lobby, additional concert hall, support spaces, and outdoor performance area.

It is understood that a preference would be given to replacing the glass curtain wall on the façade while retaining at least some of the hall’s original copper ceilings. The total expansion covers 247,780 square feet, including an additional 39,000 square feet of outdoor terraces and a 10,500 square foot terrace. The seating capacity is scheduled to be reduced to 2,100 seats in general.

Reports have indicated that this may be a $100 million effort. OJB will also deliver the landscape design for the project. Gehry was also recently brought up for a landmark renovation project in Pacific Palisades by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. His firm will also benefit from its design for the Beckmen YOLA Center, which opened two years ago at the site of a former Burger King restaurant in Inglewood.

















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