Down Town Los Angeles, (DTLA)

DTLA is full of fantastic architecture, from soaring skyscrapers to bas relief buildings. The most memorable is of course Gehry's, the chrome matching his work in Dusseldorf but the Broad has a mesmerising flowing outer facia, and the interior of the Bradbury building brings tourists from around the world.

DTLA
DTLA

Whilst Los Angeles is huge, its heart is Down Town. Clustered together are the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad art museum and MOCA, further south in a more BoHo district is the Grand Central Market and the famous Bradbury building.

Victory Clothing Mural
Victory Clothing Mural

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Designed by Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert hall is a masterpiece of architecture, and completely unalike anything else nearby. Whilst the Broad, or MOCA or the skyscrapers are impressive, there is nothing on par with the shining chrome curves of Gerhy's most famous building. 

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Housing the Philharmonic Orchestra, the building offers beauty inside and out.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Broad

The Broad
The Broad


Comparatively new, the Broad offers free entrance, but at a controlled rate, so be prepared to wait in line for an hour or so. 

TAKASHI MURAKAMI
TAKASHI MURAKAMI

Access to the famous Mirror Room, the Souls of Millions of Lights Years away by Yayoi Kusama is by an additional queue where you are given a time, which can be many hours away, so get there early and prioritise the queue. (I did not and missed out as it was a three hour wait by the time I tried to get a ticket)

Additionally, there is a paid exhibition, with its own queuing system on the ground floor. Currently it is Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983.

The free exhibitions are on the third floor, displayed in a rough circle around the central staircase. There are a number of famous artists being exhibited, including Warhol, Lichtenstein and Koons. The museum tends to have a central sculpture in a 'room' with paintings surrounding it. 

Balloon Dog (Blue) - Jeff Koons
Balloon Dog (Blue) - Jeff Koons

The floor is spacious with start white walls making the whole thing very airy and open.

The second of Yayoi Kusama's mirror rooms, Longing for Eternity does not require booking, though there is a line, thousands, or millions of reflected lights stretch into infinity, as you peer into the mirror lined cylinder.

Longing for Eternity - Yayoi Kusama
Longing for Eternity - Yayoi Kusama

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Outside, there is a huge scrap metal statue, under which the museum can be found.

Across the street from the Broad is the Museum of Contemporary Art, somewhat less 'modern' than the Broad, it has an excellent collection of post WWII items, in particular a range of Pop-Art works.  

"monument" for V. Tatlin - Dan Flavin
"monument" for V. Tatlin - Dan Flavin

Bradbury Building

Bradbury Building
Bradbury Building - Exterior

Built in 1893, the Bradbury Building continues as a office space, with only the ground floor and a small viewing space on the first floor of a staircase open to visitors.

Bradbury Building - Interior
Bradbury Building - Interior

The building is striking, dark woods and wrought iron railings around a central shaft. The skylight at the top covers the whole open space and lets in a great deal of light, something needed with the darkness of the interior.

Bradbury Building - Interior
Bradbury Building - Interior

Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market
Grand Central Market

Opposite the Bradbury Building and running through the block to Hill Street and the Angel's Flight, the Market offers meals and ingredients to discerning shoppers.

Shopper at Grand Central Market
Shopper at Grand Central Market

Neon signs are scatted throughout the market and against one wall an entire neon mural shines.

Neon wall at Grand Central Market
Neon wall at Grand Central Market