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Intro, depicts the ideas behind Frank Gehry

Guggenheim Bilbao, one of Gehry’s most renowned buildings

The Man, Frank Gehry. the visionary, the architect The Work, Frank Gehry. limitless and timeless works using non traditional media to create serious art IAC building NYC, blueprint develops into a work of art

Architects can also create jewelry


Furniture Gehry’s “quick x”

*Photos on page one and two of Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota Book design and copy by: Matthew Nieroda

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Frank Owen Gehry is an architect that looks beyond conventional and imagines a construction without restrictions, boundries, and creates limitless and timeless structures. This is the goal that all architects strive for but only a few achieve. This book dedicates itself to a man that made American architecture stand out and become internationally known.


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The uggenheim Museum Bilbao is one of Frank Gehry’s most mesmerizing designs. This design is what many people across the world know him for. The building was designed for an art museum in Bilbao, Spain in 1997. The construction system is made of steel framing with titanium sheathing in a expressionist modern style. Its a monumental free sculpture of curvaceous metal-clad forms.

Li many of Gehry's works, this Like structure consists of radically sculpted, organic contours. The building is intended to resemble a ship and the titanium, sh scales that are made to reeect the organic form. Which serves nicely as it is placed on the waterfront of the Nervión river. Also in typical Gehry fashion, the building is uniquely a product of the period's technology. Much computer aids and visualizations were used for this structures design.


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FRANK THE MAN GEHRY THE VISONARY THE ARCHITECT Much of Gehry's work falls within the style of Deconstructivism. Deconstructivism, also known as DeCon Architecture, is often referred to as post-structuralist in


02 nature natu for its ability to go beyond current modalities of structural deenition. Because of this, unlike early modernist structures, DeCon structures are not required to reeect speciic social or universal ideas, such as speed or universality of form, and they do not reeect a belief that form follows function.

01 - Frank Gehry at a board of directors meeting before the construction of the IAC Building. 02 - The staircase at the Art Gallery of Ontario. AGO was Gehry’s rst construction in Canada.

Gehry is sometimes associated FRANK GEHRY with what is known as the "Los


Angeles School," or the "Santa Monica School" of architecture. The appropriateness of this designation and the existence of such a school, however, remains controversial due to the lack of a unifying philosophy or theory. This designation stems from the Los Angeles area's producing a group of the most innuential post modern architects, including such notable Gehry contemporaries as Eric Owen Moss and Pritzker Prize-winner Thom Mayne of Morphosis, as well as the famous schools of architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, UCLA, and USC where Gehry is a member of the Board of Directors. Gehry’s style at times seems unnnished or even crude, but his work is consistent with the California ‘funk’ art movement in the 1960s and early 1970s, which 03 - The Mirror House in featured the use of inexpensive Dusseldorf, Germany. One found objects and non-traditional of three that brings together media such as clay to make the buildings with its mirror serious art. Gehry has been called reeection to mix the colors "the apostle of chain-link fencing of the surrounding two. and corrugated metal siding". Geh Buildings in 04 - Gehry Dusseldorf, Germany. A three However, a retrospective exhibit at New Yorks's Whitney Museum in building reconstruction in 1988 revealed that he is also a 1999. A free form facade for sophisticated classical artist, who the three offce buildings. 05 - The Walt Disney Concert Hall, completed in late knows European art history and spring 2003. Gehry’s most inspiring work is a stunning contemporary sculpture and piece of architecture, with metaphoric interpretations painting.




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ike all architects the design begins as a thought which leads to an idea that presents as a blueprint and grows into a 3D rendering that eventually builds into a sculpture. But unlike any regular architect Gehry provides a passion, a theme and taste of irregularity to all of his work. Different from many architect Gehry deees logistics but still creates forms with functionality and sophistication. Relevant to the location Gehry creates Masterpieces like the IAC Building in Chelsea. A building designed of glass and steel which resembles the sails of a shi ship. IAC ts perfectly with the scenery as the Chelsea piers waterfront and Navy survey ships rest across this extraordinary building. A tourist attraction of a business building.



Looking at Gehry’s work there is a level of uality that many architects do not posses. The amount of time and effort involved in a Frank Gehry design is overwhelming. The preperation of a structure or building involves months of development and several architects. His designs explore the possibilities both in the methods of constructing and assembling architecture and in the formal composition of architectural forms, his designs have been proposed globally. Although his designs and ideas were developed mostly in his mind, at one point in his career, Gehry had his best architects render a crumpled piece of paper. A way to test their abilities and give them an idea of how light hits a shape to create a unique form. This is also believed to be the way Gehry came up with the phenomenal design of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.


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n addition to architecture, Gehry has made a line of furniture, jewelry, various household items, sculptures, and even a glass bottle for Wyborowa Vodka. His rst line of furniture, produced from 1969–1973, was called "Easy Edges", constructed out of cardboard. Another line of furniture released in the spring of 1992 is "Bentwood Furniture". Each piece is named after a different hockey term. He was rst introduced to making furniture in 1954 while serving in the U.S. Army, where he designed furniture for the enlisted soldiers. Gehry claims that making furniture is his "quick x". The Frank Gehry Furniture Collection Created by the world's most celebrated architect. A spectacular piece being the three cubes design, in silver resin (shown below is the sofa from this collection). It is a sculpture in space with sleek surfaces and dowing lines, Gehry has created inn the most innovative furniture. Beautiful and functional this furniture creates a stunning group indoors and outdoors. The molded twist cube appropriate for commercial, institutional and residential use.


Frank Gehry’s ideas came from past centuries, he began sketching sh and incorporated that ow into his jewelry and furniture. Many Architects would use inspiration from the Greek era, Gehry believed if you were to go that far back and be afraid to look forward, you might as well go way back, before the Greeks before mankind. The sh resembles a type a passion that Gehry has for shape, form, and line. The scales of a sh represent dimension and reeections he incorporates throughout many of his designs and structures. His jewelry can be found most well known at Tiffany & Co. where his collection continues to be a best seller and keeps evolving year over year.

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