Frank Gehry is a world-renowned architect. He is best known for his post-modern deconstructivism designs. That is, out-of-ordinary, eccentric designs and unconventional method of constructions and materials.
His house in Santa Monica jump-started his starchitect status.
The Gehry Residence features fences that are out-of-place, unpainted wood, aluminum stack that doesn’t work, roofing materials that used as walls, oddly placed glass cubes, and other unusual designs. Gehry still lives in this house today.
Many of his earlier works are in California.
Edgemar is a mini-mall complex housing Santa Monica Visitor Center, an acting school, architectural/design business, and other restaurants and shops. Inside, you will see a fountain and a wind sculpture.
Another two in Venice, CA are the Binocular Building and Norton House.
Binocular Building was once a Chiat/Day Building, but is now occupied by Google Los Angeles since 2011.
The Norton House is located along the Venice Beachwalk near the pier. Just like Gehry Residence, it uses everyday materials such as kitchen tiles, chain link fences, and industrial staircases. The prominent feature of the building is the studio box. I like the window flaps that are designed as it was hanging by the air. That’s creating something unique with very little cost.
Frank Gehry also designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.
One of most famous works is Walt Disney Concert Hall. A striking amalgam of styles, curves, and forms.
It’s Walt Disney Concert Hall that started my fascination with Frank Gehry.
Keep in mind that some of his works date back all the way from 1970’s. Vanity Fair labelled him as “the most important architect of our age”. Frank O. Gehry is a Pritzker Prize recipient, the equivalent of a Nobel for architecture. I feel fortunate to have seen many of his opuses.
THE SOPHOMORE SLUMP RECOMMNENDS:
Music: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West – I’m betting my bottom dollar on it. This end of the year, MBDTF will be the frontrunner for many lists of the best album of the decade thus far.
Book: Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck – A straightforward, brutally honest book that targets life and love.
Movie: La Vita E Bella (Life is Beautiful) by Roberto Benigni – Half comical and half sad. Bitter and sweet, rough and tender, warm and cold. This Italy’s finest will have laugh and cry to the bone.