Spotlight: Frank Gehry

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Internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry (born 28 February 1929) has been headlining architectural news platforms since he established his Los Angeles practice in 1962 and remodeled his home in Santa Monica. Notorious for his expressive use of form (and its sometimes inflationary effect on project budgets), Gehry is best known for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which fellow architect Philip Johnson once dubbed “the greatest building of our time.”

Guggenheim Bilbao. Image © Flickr user viajarsindestino licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Guggenheim Bilbao. Image © Flickr user viajarsindestino licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Gehry’s fresh criticality inspires and incites; his career long-commitment to the style of Deconstructivism, demonstrating that form mustn’t always express function, has revealed itself in titanium-clad undulating envelopes, perplexing volumes, and aesthetically discordant detailing. To facilitate this signature style, Gehry borrowed software that was intended for the aerospace industry, eventually founding Gehry Technologies, a company which develops cutting edge design software.

Walt Disney Concert Hall. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP
Walt Disney Concert Hall. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

Gehry has also become known for his honest and outspoken tendencies, perhaps most notably displayed at the October 2014 press conference where he gave a reporter the finger and claimed that "98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit."

Fondation Louis Vuitton. Image © Todd Eberle
Fondation Louis Vuitton. Image © Todd Eberle

But over and above his public persona, Gehry's office continues to provoke professional discourse with innovative architectural projects. Among their more recent international commissions, the Los Angeles-based Gehry Partners has designed the Facebook headquarters in California and in New York City, a residential building for the Battersea Power Station development in London, and another Guggenheim Museum, this time for Abu Dhabi.

© Guillermo Hevia García. ImageJay Pritzker Pavillion
© Guillermo Hevia García. ImageJay Pritzker Pavillion

Upon awarding him the Pritzker Prize in 1989, the jury said it best: Gehry is “always open to experimentation… being bound neither by critical acceptance or his successes. His buildings are juxtaposed collages of spaces and materials that make users appreciative of both the theater and the backs-stage, simultaneously revealed.”

Gehry Residence. Image via netropolitan.org
Gehry Residence. Image via netropolitan.org

Check out all of Gehry's works featured on ArchDaily via the thumbnails below, and more coverage of Gehry below those:

Walt Disney Concert Hall. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP Walt Disney Concert Hall. Image © Dave Toussaint Guggenheim Bilbao. Image © Peter Knaup Guggenheim Bilbao. Image © Flickr user viajarsindestino licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 © Liao Yusheng. ImageVitra Museum Vitra Museum. Image © Liao Yusheng Gehry Residence. Image via netropolitan.org Gehry Residence. Image © Liao Yusheng Fondation Louis Vuitton. Image © Todd Eberle Fondation Louis Vuitton. Image © Todd Eberle Biomuseo. Image © Fernando Alda Biomuseo. Image © Fernando Alda Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Image © Matthew Carbone New World Center. Image © Emilio Collavino Norton House. Image © Samuel Ludwig House for Make It Right. Image © Chad Chenier Photography / Make It Right +18

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Cite: AD Editorial Team. "Spotlight: Frank Gehry" 28 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/337756/happy-birthday-frank-gehry/>