The project proposes to redefine the archetypal program of the concert hall, which consists of restaurants, office, and lobby spaces. From Wiener Musikverein to our own Walt Disney Concert Hall, the program typology tends to strive for an autonomous and expressive presence displaying its dominance. City is a re-adaptation of Sibelius Hall combined with bazaar program that is suitable for the ethnic enclave of Westwood. In contrary to the heavy automobile and foot traffic of the intersection couples with the office towers surrounding the project site, the concert hall is compressed into the ground to create an introverted and intimate experience.
The project consists of three layers: the bottom layer is an agglomeration of recital rooms, shops, restaurants, and galleries supplementary to the concert hall and the neighborhood. The series of rooms are equally spaced, like city blocks, separated by circulation paths, similar to boulevards, creating a small city. The second layer functions as an open plan, accommodating the complementary programs of the bottom layer; eating spaces for restaurants, reading spaces for bookstores, resting spaces for office workers. The flexible arrangement of furniture does not dictate the possible activities. In other words, one can eat in the hammock, sleep in the chairs, or study in the bathroom. Lastly, the top layer acts as a public hardscape allowing locals and concertgoers to stroll around. The apertures result from boolean operations of primitive geometric shapes, as well as vertical circulation elements, connecting all the layers visually and spatially.