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Chris Jaffe's first Hollywood Bowl renovation in 1970 was developed with Frank Gehry when the architect was in his "cardboard period." Gehry asked Jaffe if he could design a symphony shell out of cardboard. Answer. "Yes." Chris designed the shell with heavy cylindrical tubes used to pour concrete pilings for freeway overpasses. Initially intended to be a temporary structure, it worked very well, and stayed in place for seven years. Chris's most recent renovation of the Bowl in 2004 replaced the old focusing elliptical structure with a new enclosure. Tunable ceilings, floating from a circular lighting ring, provide on stage hearing and orchestral balance.
*Project done while at JaffeHolden