Yesterday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic unveiled architectural designs by Gehry Partners for the new Judity and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center @ Inglewood, the future permanent home of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA).

The $14.5-million project will transform a former branch of Security Pacific Bank at 101 S. La Brea Avenue into a light-filled, flexible facility capable of hosting rehearsals, classes, and performances.  It will serve up to 500 students each year from Inglewood and surrounding communities.

Gehry's design for the project calls for creating performance space that is divisible into two smaller multi-purpose rehearsal spaces.  In performance setting, retractable seating risers and a balcony above will provide seating for an audience of up to 260 persons.  Other elements of the facility will include a choir room, an ensemble room, a small practice studio, office space, and a lounge for parents and family members.

The building's exterior materials - which include glass, metal, brick, tile, and plaster - will be restored or replaced as part of the redesign.  Plans also call for installing a glass-walled roof pop-up on the La Brea side of the building to create a lantern effect for passersby and to allow natural light to enter the performance space below.

The LA Phil expects to begin construction for the new YOLA center in spring 2019.

Founded in 2007, YOLA currently serves over 1,200 students in South L.A., the Rampart District, Westlake, and East L.A. by providing free musical training and academic support.  It is considered one of the most influential community-based music education programs in the United States.