The New World Center, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
The New World Center (opened 2011) is an innovative concert hall and music education campus in Miami Beach, designed by Pritzker Prize Laureate Frank Gehry. Conceived to be at the intersection of architecture and music, the project emerged from a close collaboration between Frank Gehry and his long-time friend, the New World Symphony's artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas. The 756 steeply-banked seats of the New World Center put concertgoers close to the music, and architectural panels or "sails," hanging below the ceiling allow creative video projections in the hall, integrated with the music and the architecture. The center also fronts a public park in which people picnic and enjoy the concerts as an exterior wall of the building becomes an enormous "wall-cast video screen." The New World Symphony aims to make classical music accessible and enticing to younger generations.
Past Pritzker Architecture Prize ceremonies have been held at the Grand Trianon and Chateau of Versailles; Tōdai-ji, Buddhist Temple in Japan; Prague Castle in the Czech Republic; the White House in Washington, D.C.; and the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Some of the most beautiful museums around the world have also hosted the event, among them, the Altes Museum, Berlin; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.