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Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health / Frank Gehry

© Matthew Carbone, Photographer
© Matthew Carbone, Photographer

A few weeks ago we introduced you one of the latest built projects by Frank Gehry, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. The center is supported by Keep Memory Alive, and it is planned to become a national resource for the most current research and scientific information for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington ‘s Diseases, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) as well as focusing on prevention, early detection and education.

The two buildings together, along with the Reflection Garden © Matthew Carbone, Photographer
The two buildings together, along with the Reflection Garden © Matthew Carbone, Photographer

On our previous feature we got a glimpse of the project, which at first sight might look like just another Gehry project. And now, thanks to these new photos by Matthew Carbone, we can get a better look at it. The center features three main spaces:

- Medical building for patient care and research. Featuring simple, functional interiors and a lego like exterior of slightly disorderly blocks.

Medical building © Matthew Carbone, Photographer
Medical building © Matthew Carbone, Photographer
Medical building © Matthew Carbone, Photographer
Medical building © Matthew Carbone, Photographer

- A breezeway between the medical building and the higher profile stainless steel Life Activity Center. The breezeway provides a shaded seated area to enjoy the Las Vegas weather while avoiding direct sunlight. There is also a small cafe and it is method to experiencing the reflection garden to the east.

Breezeway © Matthew Carbone, Photographer
Breezeway © Matthew Carbone, Photographer
Breezeway © Matthew Carbone, Photographer
Breezeway © Matthew Carbone, Photographer

- The Life Activity Center – this is the portion of the project that has and will receive most of the attention. It is also the most misunderstood. Patients are not treated in the space, nor do they ever really interact with it except for the facade. The LAC is simply an event space meant to host all sorts of events and occasions. Profits from these events help fund additional research in the medical building. The interior features normal lighting and also LED lights that can provide dramatic lighting both for the interior and for those seeing the LAC from the exterior or the high profile cross roads in Las Vegas.

The Life Activity Center © Matthew Carbone, Photographer
The Life Activity Center © Matthew Carbone, Photographer
The Life Activity Center © Matthew Carbone, Photographer
The Life Activity Center © Matthew Carbone, Photographer
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