Frank Gehry is widely regarded as one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century and an extraordinary designer. Gehry’s designs, known for their strong architectural characteristics and unconventional shapes, transcend the typical building and are gigantic works of art.
The award-winning architect has spent over a half-century challenging the very definition of design in architecture.
From the magnificent Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (dubbed “the finest structure of our time” by Philip Johnson) to the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Gehry has demonstrated time and again the force that is produced when the whimsical design is done effectively.
Gehry, who was born in Canada in 1929, went to the University of Southern California and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In Los Angeles, he began his career with Victor Gruen Associates and Pereira and Luckman. After briefly working with Andre Remondet in Paris, he returned to California and established his firm in 1962. In 1989 Gehry was awarded the Pritzker Prize. There is no wrong time to honor Gehry’s oeuvre, as he appears to have no boundaries.
Discover the incredible structures designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect during the last five decades.
The Design Philosophy of Frank Gehry
One visitor described it as “nearly unbelievable,” while another views it as a “life-changing experience.” For some, describing the emotion of the space is impossible. This is Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, which has impacted people and the city by contributing to the revitalization of Bilbao, Spain.
How does Gehry produce these one-of-a-kind experiences? Architects create architecture with a set of values that influence their work. Design philosophy refers to how their underlying beliefs define their design concepts, methodologies, and processes.
So, what does Gehry’s design philosophy entail? Let’s see how it goes.
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#1 Dancing House, in Prague, Czech Republic
Gehry dubbed them Fred and Ginger after dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The structure’s front face, composed of 99 variously shaped concrete panels juts out as if it were two entangled human bodies. Its construction was contentious in 1996 because it did not fit in with Prague’s Baroque, Gothic, and Art Nouveau styles.
#2 Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall
From the start of the Walt Disney Concert Hall project until its completion took almost 15 years. When it was completed in 2003, the project’s total cost was anticipated to be $274 million. Nonetheless, both critics and locals agree that it was worth the wait and the money. A modern architectural monument built what has become a vital feature of the city. And if you’re wondering what inspired something so huge like this, it’s the wind. Because Gehry is an avid sailor, the structure appears to be in motion.
#3 Minneapolis’ Weisman Art Museum
A work of abstract art. But we’re not talking about Jackson Pollock’s canvases here; we’re talking about a complete skyscraper. This eye-catching structure is located on the campus of the University of Minnesota, and its significance is evaluated not only by its appearance but also by the fact that it was erected before computers became an unquestionable tool in the area of architecture.
#4 Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum
Even though it appears to be something Ice King from Adventure Time might live in if he had a house in Spain, Guggenheim Bilbao serves an important purpose — it is a museum of modern and contemporary art which is a work of art in and of itself. This structure has been named by several experts as one of the most important works of architecture in recent decades for a variety of reasons. This structure was so successful and well-received that it began bringing tourists to Bilbao. A large number of tourists. Tourists contributed $160 million to the local economy in the first year after the museum opened. This structure effectively resurrected an entire city. The Bilbao Effect was named after this economic phenomenon.
#5 Cinémathèque Française, Paris
If movies had a physical address, it would be 21 Rue de Bercy in Paris. One of the world’s largest collections of movie-related artifacts is housed here. It was created by Frank Gehry.
#6 New York by Gehry, New York City
New York by Gehry is a residential apartment building with 899 units that also houses a public school from pre-K to grade 8, an ambulatory care facility, retail space, and parking on the lower levels.
This skyscraper heralded a new era in New York City’s residential buildings. When it first opened it was one of the highest residential skyscrapers in the world soaring above downtown icons like the Woolworth Building as a symbol of Lower Manhattan’s resurgence.
#7 Seattle, Washington’s Museum of Pop Culture
This gigantic structure appears to be melting in the warmth of Seattle’s sun but it is far from it. The rock music and the energy it conveys inspired this sheet-metal-coated edifice. Gehry also revealed that part of the preparations included purchasing and assembling guitar bits to create a form that would inspire the soon-to-be pop culture museum.
#8 Las Vegas’s Lou Ruvo Center
The Lou Ruvo Center is an outpatient treatment and research center located in downtown Las Vegas on land donated by the City of Las Vegas to Keep Memory Alive, the money-raising arm of LRCBH, as part of Symphony Park. The 65,000-square-foot Center houses 13 examination rooms, offices for health care practitioners and researchers, a “Museum of the Mind,” and a community auditorium.
#9 Cleveland, Ohio’s Peter B. Lewis Building
The Weather head School of Management at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University has been housed in the Peter B. Lewis Building since its erection in 2002. The building’s outside is vintage Gehry, with stainless steel ribbons unfurling from a brick base. The open interior is intended to promote cross-disciplinary socialization.
#10 Hanover, Germany, Gehry Tower
The nine-story Gehry Tower was commissioned by the city-owned Hanover Transport Services (üstra), for whom Gehry also built a bus station in the city.