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  • 01:00 - 5 July, 2010
Gehry Residence / Frank Gehry
Gehry Residence / Frank Gehry, © netropolitan.org
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© netropolitan.org © Liao Yusheng Courtesy of storiesofhouses.com © Liao Yusheng +21

From the architect. When Frank Gehry and his wife bought an existing house in Santa Monica, California, the neighbors did not have the slightest idea that the corner residence would soon be transformed into a symbol of deconstructivism. Gehry, however, knew something had to be done to the house before he moved in. His solution was a bold one in the 1970's that involved the "balance of fragment and whole, raw and refined, new and old" and would strike up controversy.

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© Flickr - User: Ken McCown

Gehry actually did keep the existing house almost completely in tact, but not in a conventional manner. The Dutch colonnial home was left in tact and the new house was built around it. Holes were made, walls were stripped, torn down and put up, and the old quiet house became a loud shriek of contemporary style among the neighboring mansions--literally. Neighbors hated it, but that did not change the fact that the house was a statement of art entwined with architecture.

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© netropolitan.org

Gehry's design wrapped around three sides of the old house on the ground floor, extending the house towards the street and leaving the exterior of the existing home almost untouched. The interior went through a considerable amount of changes on both if its two levels. In some places it was stripped to reveal the framing, exposing the joists and wood studs. It was repaired according to the addition, showing both old and new elements. This is especially evident when walking through the rooms of the house and passing by both new doors placed by Gehry and older ones originally in the house.

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Courtesy of storiesofhouses.com

The entrance is barely discernible amidst the jutting angles of the exterior, which Gehry created from wood, glass, aluminum, and chain-link fencing. The apex of the old house peeks out from within this mix of materials, giving the impression that the house is consistently under construction. 

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© Liao Yusheng

In 1991 due to the Gehry family's growth which involved two boys, the house had to be expanded. Even though Gehry tried to maintain the same style of the house, allowing the original design to determine that of the addition, the house went through significant changes. The residence became much more "finished" which in turn stirred up the angry voices of those who felt strongly about the original raw deconstructivist aesthetics. Nonetheless the Gehry House is still a classic among California's architectural works.

Axonometric
Axonometric

"I loved the idea of leaving the house intact... I came up with the idea of building the new house around it. We were told there were ghosts in the house... I decided they were ghosts of Cubism. The windows... I wanted to make them look like they were crawling out of this thing. At night, because this glass is tipped it mirrors the light in... So when you're sitting at this table you see all these cars going by, you see the moon in the wrong place... the moon is over there but it reflects here... and you think it's up there and you don't know where the hell you are..." - Frank Gehry

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© Liao Yusheng
Cite: "Gehry Residence / Frank Gehry" 05 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/67321/gehry-residence-frank-gehry/>
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52 Comments

Elio Nassar · December 17, 2015

Hey
How can i get the autocad of this project ?? help

Paige Kodesh · April 09, 2015

Hi, I am an architecture student with the project to model this house, yet I do not have any dimensions, does anyone know the dimensions that would be amazing help!

Alexander Charlie-Dobbs Dukes · March 24, 2015

That may be one of the ugliest houses I have ever seen.

Bjorn Dan Didaagon · March 07, 2013

People with beautiful minds are really hard to understand unless you go deeper to their life and ideas... Gehry is a real genius.. i don't like deconstructivism so much but the approach of this design is something I could really appreciate...

mdb · May 26, 2012

Quand Gehry mourra, il me donnera sa maison. Merci Frank ! http://t.co/nboH2kwt

Laura Di Credico · February 26, 2012

Kind of amazing
http://t.co/KCGEM8YX

JohnM · January 19, 2012

I like Disney Concert Hall... but that is about it from Gehry. And I appreciate deconstructivism as a theory, but whoa...

NA · January 19, 2012

How can you all say he is a "master"? The credit for his recent one-liner achievements is due to his hired technicians and consultants. And this house.... is a piece of garbage. I cannot believe this even got recognized.

rg · January 14, 2012

i think we really have to keep in mind that the house was started before he really entered superstardom and also its interesting that the idea of the house is approached similar to landscape architecture, in that the project never really seems to be completed. it amazes me that the house exhibits a great level of craftsmanship that is lacking in his recent work.

rg · January 14, 2012 12:36 AM

really

Alex Hoban · December 09, 2011

Yesterday I took ten minutes out to visit the Frank Gehry residence in Santa Monica; a benchmark of postmodernism http://t.co/T63kAuLv

Sonny Sunga · November 16, 2011

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Gwénolé Jaffrédou · November 15, 2011

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stephen silvestri · November 15, 2011

Experimenting at home via Frank Gehry | Gehry Residence / ArchDaily http://t.co/0c0veAHR via @archdaily

Boughton Butler · October 21, 2011

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shira p. white · August 07, 2011

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Peter Sims · August 07, 2011

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Lee Ryan · August 07, 2011

i love these photos of frank gehry&#39s house where he experimented as mentioned by @petersims in little bets http://t.co/JvVrKUP

Allison Hyatt · June 15, 2011

I really like how Gehry's home can be reflective of the process of architecture as a whole. Although it is very different from his typical style, I think the way that the original house was kept intact while new additions were added to the surrounding to make it appear as though the house is in a constant state of modification is an important aspect of this building. It not only illustrates the importance of the process behind architecture (the process required to reach the finalized project), but also serves to tie the new and old into a cohesive structure. It is, at the very least, thought-provoking.

Giovanni · May 25, 2011

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shetu · May 05, 2011

I am too immature to like it.

Connor · May 05, 2011

Very, very odd, surprising someone of great fame would go out of their way to humbly make a shack like this, it's interesting, yet quite unsual.

Renée Dunowicz · February 08, 2011

La casa de Santa Mónica, que visité en 1989,es una casa que por oposición se integra al medio y descolla por el atrviminto tecnológico de su propuesta

michaelcollins · November 25, 2010

@SAlexander_UTS The Gehry residence http://www.tinyurl.com.au/ykd some comments are base of article are interesting

ilaria defilippo · November 03, 2010

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Natalia Chekhovska · September 16, 2010

"symbol of deconstructivism"..the Gehry Residence by Frank Gehry never gets old http://bit.ly/b0It0A

Willard Williams · September 15, 2010

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Akiyoshi Nakao · August 10, 2010

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Ruben Dario · August 06, 2010

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Mark Gardner · August 06, 2010

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Kevin Mazzone · July 17, 2010

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Jessica S. · July 13, 2010

Frank Gehry&#39s house: “balance of fragment and whole, raw and refined, new and old” http://bit.ly/ajszhu

Gavin Shinfield · July 13, 2010

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o0 · July 11, 2010

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nuvomag · July 09, 2010

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Bobby · July 08, 2010

Master or not...its hideous...

Rick_From_NJ · July 06, 2010

Five gallons of gasoline: $18.00
A Bic Lighter: $1.98
Ridding the neighborhood of Frankenstein's Monster: Priceless

Mies van der Rohe · July 06, 2010

Gehry Residence / Frank Gehry http://bit.ly/aVfIm7 Once a hack, always a hack.

Cindy FrewenWuellner · July 06, 2010

Gehry Residence: FOG&#39s 1977 experiment in metal shapes, Santa Monica. http://bit.ly/bNkLOM #architecture

Arch lover · July 06, 2010

Amazing work by a master architect!

Yoshihisa Tanaka · July 06, 2010

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Carlos Rosas · July 06, 2010

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Valerie Kamikubo · July 06, 2010

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Sonny Suñga · July 06, 2010

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Michael Finch · July 06, 2010

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Tuija Seipell · July 06, 2010

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Rory · July 06, 2010

Looks like a scaled up version of the houses I would make when I was 5 out of scraps i'd find on a building site.

James W. Packer · July 06, 2010

This house always helps me see the journey Gehry&#39s mind has taken. RT @archdaily: Gehry Residence / Frank Gehry http://archdai.ly/aM40qh

Stephan Hagenkord · July 05, 2010

Reading: "Gehry Residence / Frank Gehry | ArchDaily"( http://twitthis.com/22ucl6 )

Steve · July 05, 2010

"Like him or not, Gehry is a real master."

Couldn't agree more!

ozmoto · July 05, 2010 11:03 PM

I like him... but the dude's weird.

Scarpa · July 05, 2010

Much of his later work seems to be repetitive, branded and a caricature of itself...but the breadth and scope of his career is truly great. Like him or not, Gehry is a real master.

O. ARQUITECTOS SRS · July 05, 2010

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