Monday, February 14, 2011

Architecture- Frank Gehry: Redefining the Creation of Space

I'm not what you call a connoisseur of ARCHITECTURE, but one of the great joys of life is that everyone can appreciate BEAUTY and TRUTH. Who has not pictured their DREAM home or place of REFUGE?

I remember spending many nights in my friend's dorm room, listening to him describe the INSPIRATION and meaning behind every LINE and BREADTH he created on his architecture project models. From the position of a hallway to the construction material a piece of cardboard represented, every DETAIL had its importance and PURPOSE. I was completely enthralled, not just by his VISION and passion, but to observe the thought process and EVOLUTION of an idea from a two dimensional sketch to a three dimensional living SPACE.

What I love the most about architecture is the PROCESS, CREATION, and expression of a person's ideas or views through design; the STORY being told in every nuance. Every project has functional, technical, social and aesthetic possibilities that are LIMITLESS!

Frank Gehry, controversial or REVOLUTIONARY, is one of the architects whose work I really enjoy because he continues to REDEFINE how SPACE can be created. His work first CAPTURED my attention when I drove by the new IAC headquarter building in New York, near the Hudson River on the West Side Highway. I was both puzzled and completely enamored by its MOVEMENT and structure.

IAC Headquarters in New York
His frustration with the rigid RULES of architecture, has enabled him to take BOLD and daring RISKS creating such master work as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Stata Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His designs defies conventional ideas of what architecture is 'supposed' to BE and how it 'should' be done. The JOYFUL wit and love he puts into his projects, have a CREATIVE boldness that bring forth more to the eyes with every CURVE.

A few of my favorite Gehry buildings:

Vitra Design Museum-Weil am Reihn, Germany

Hotel Marques de Riscal- Elciego, Spain

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao- Bilbao, Spain

Ray and Maria Stata Center (MIT)- Cambridge, MA United States

Frank Gehry website-
Vitra Design Museum-
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology-

Here's to being a pioneer who stimulates IMAGINATION!


What do you think of Architecture? How as it influenced you?

With Love,


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