Gehry, Frank Owen
Gehry's Fish(1992), Barcelona; the Weisman Museum of Art (1993), Minneapolis, the first of his all metal-clad buildings; and the Cinémathèque Français (the former American Center. 1994), Paris.
Gehry's later work displays a curving complexity made possible by computer programs and other innovative design tools. While these metal-clad buildings have distinct similarities, they differ significantly in shape, proportion, materials, and relation to the sites they occupy. His most important and acclaimed building to date is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (1997), a large structure of voluptuous, swooping, organic forms covered in gleaming titanium steel. Gehry also used curving metal-covered walls in his Experience Music Project rock music museum in Seattle (2000). His design for the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts (2003) at Bard College combines the characteristic billowing steel shapes at its facade with the unadorned concrete that forms the rear of the building. The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (2003) has a matte-finish stainless steel facade comprised of several large upward-curving elements punctuated by a hinged glass-panel entry, and an interior clad in Douglas fir.
The architect returned to geometric forms in the Stata Center (2004) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—a colorful, tilting conglomeration of shapes and materials whose open interior spaces were designed to promote encounters among scientists. Gehry's first completed New York City project, the InterActiveCorp headquarters in Manhattan (2006–7), is characterized by a façade of billowing white glass that glows with inner light. His New World Center (2011), a symphony hall in Miami Beach, has a shoebox-shaped white stucco exterior with a wall-of-windows façade; inside, irregular stacked forms house a video-enhanced concert hall and other facilities. His second New York City building, 8 Spruce St. (2011), is a residential skyscraper wrapped in stainless steel, which is rippled on three of the building's four sides. He employed multicolored metallic roofs, again swooping and angled, in the Biomuseum, Panama City, Panama (2014). The Louis Vuitton Foundation's cultural center and art museum, Bois de Boulogne, Paris (2014), is a large structure surmounted by saillike glass forms supported by armatures of wood and steel. Constructed of brick punctuated by many windows, the exterior of the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building, Univ. of Technology, Sydney, Australia (2015), resembles a crumpled brown paper bag. Gehry also designs furniture and other utilitarian objects as well as watches and jewelry. Prominent among his many professional honors are the Pritzker Prize (1989) and the Gish Award (1994).
See K. W. Forster, Frank O. Gehry/Kurt W. Forster (1999), M. Friedman, ed., Gehry Talks: Architecture + Process (1999), and B. Isenberg, Conversations with Frank Gehry (2009); biography by P. Goldberger (2015); studies by R. H. Bletter et al. (1986), F. Dal Co et al. (1998), L. B. Chollet (2001), and E. da C. Meyer (2008); Sketches of Frank Gehry (documentary, 2006).
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