10 May 2016 // Florine van Rees //Rotterdam
Frank Gehry is probably not the most loved architectures of today, but his buildings are definitely well known all over the world.
The post-modern architect designs with bold shapes an unusual fabrications. Gehry's most famous designs include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Lost Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. His carreer did not start at an early age, it was rather difficult for de architect to get a foothold in the States. Therefore, he started a furniture line to start with, but always kept on dreaming about designing big buildings. The start of actually making that happen, was the design of his own house in Santa Monica, Los Angeles.The remodel involved surrounding the existing bungalow with corrugated steel and chain-link fence, effectively splitting the house open with an angled skylight. Gehry's avant-garde design caught the attention of the architectural world, ultimately launching his career to new heights. He began designing homes in Southern California on a regular basis in the 1980s.
Since then, it is hard to imagine that there once was a time that there was no Frank Gehry and there were no Gehry buildings. At one point it was even a big marketing move as a brand, museum or company to let Frank Gehry design your building - This was not only for one building itself, but also for an entire city.
There is a documentairy about the legendary architect, nameley "Sketches of Frank Gehry" is really worth the watch. The viewer gets to see how Gehry works and the speed that goes in the design that makes the actual building look flued in a way.