In the world of architecture, there has been a strong storm coming from Canada and USA since the early 1960s. It was a powerful cultural force, that pushed through established, conventional norms of architecture like a tornado, but a tornado which not only destroyed the old and boring but also created and invented.
This tornado goes by the name of Frank Gehry. Born in 1929, Gehry eventually moved to the USA, where he started his business. Surprisingly, it was a furniture line, but that was just the first step. After having saved enough money, he began by transforming his own home, thus creating a name for himself. What followed were the gradual steps of becoming a living icon of architecture, that has remodeled many urban landscapes and even created an economic phenomenon.
We have combined 21 of his most famous buildings that defined an era of building design. Scroll down to see them all and don’t forget to upvote and comment on your favorites.
1 Fred And Ginger, Prague, Czech Republic
There are good dancers and bad dancers. And it’s not people that we’re talking about this time, but buildings. The Fren And Ginger or The Dancing House in the Chech Capital is one of the most controversial works of Gehry, because of the audacity that he had when he thought of and implemented the idea of building two modern, dancing buildings that don’t fit in with their classical surroundings. Yet unusual shapes have enriched Prague’s old town and now it's iconic. Oh, and the name ‘Fred and Ginger’ was chosen because of the dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that inspired Frank Gehry.
2 Vitra Design Museum, Weil Am Rhein, Germany
Despite having completed many cutting-edge projects all over the world, this one was the first in Europe. It's a museum that exhibits furniture and interior design pieces and solutions, yet it's the building itself that attracts the most attention. It's special in more ways than one - it was the first time Gehry said yes to curved forms in his project. The result speaks for itself.
3 Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Even though It looks like something where Ice King from Adventure Time would live in if he had a house in Spain, Guggenheim Bilbao serves a big purpose - it’s a museum of modern and contemporary art which in itself is a piece of art. Named as one of the most important works of architecture in the last decades by numerous experts, this building has many reasons why it’s unique. This construction was so successful and well acclaimed that it started attracting tourists to the city of Bilbao. Lots of tourists. During the first 12 months since the museum opened, tourists generated $160 million for the local economy. This building basically revived an entire city. This economical phenomenon even received a name - the Bilbao Effect.
4 Museum Of Pop Culture, Seattle, Washington
This massive construction looks like it’s melting under Seattle’s mellow sun, yet it’s far from that. This sheet-metal covered structure was inspired by the rock music and the energy that it embodies. Gehry even admitted that the preparations included buying and putting together guitar pieces in order to create a form which would inspire the soon-to-be the museum of pop culture.
5 Biomuseo, Panama City, Panama
Biomuseo, an ecology museum, was yet another step for Gehry, as this was his first project in Latin America. Panamanian politicians started talks with Gehry about realizing his works in this location in hopes that this would eventually create a "Bilbao Effect" and attract more tourists and investments. The bright colors, which is not a typical characteristic of Gehry's work, were chosen to represent the rich nature of Panama.
6 Stata Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The full name of this building is "The Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences" and it's was designed for none other than the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was built in the place of Building 20, a place which was surrounded by legends and local M.I.T. folklore. Since 2004 the Stata Center has attracted so much attention that it's become a legend of its own.
7 Marqués De Riscal Hotel, Elciego, Spain
A small Spanish Town in a region that is famous for its wine today is probably even better known for something way more extravagant. It's yet another boundary-breaking Gehry's work and it's a luxury hotel that looks like something that would make Dox Quixote forget about windmills and start preparing for a much bigger battle.
8 Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Fondation Louis Vuitton is a museum and a cultural center that rests in Paris, surrounded by the Bois de Boulogne park. It took 3,600 glass panels and 19,000 concrete panels to form this armada-looking structure. It opened in 2014 and is the most famous addition to the Parisian art world in the XXI century, where pieces by artists like Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein are exhibited.
9 Lou Ruvo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
This work is not a museum, nor a concert hall, in fact, it's something quite to the contrary. It's a center for brain health, or as the full name goes The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Lou Ruvo is a businessman from Las Vegas, who lost his father due to complications of Alzheimer's disease. Therefore he initiated the project and in 2010 it became reality.
10 Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building, Sydney, Australia
In 2015, Gehry's influence reached the seventh continent when he finished his first project in Australia. It's a business school building of the University of Technology Sydney and it's estimated that in order to create an unusual brick building like this one, they had to use around 320,000 custom-made bricks.
11 Walt Disney Concert Hall In Los Angeles, California
It took over 15 years from the start of the Walt Disney Concert Hall project to its completion. When it was finished back in 2003, the final project cost was estimated to be $274 million. Yet critics and locals agree - it was worth the wait and the money. A monument of modern architecture created what has become an essential part of the city. And if you’re wondering what the inspiration behind something grand like this, it’s the wind. Gehry’s a passionate sailor, therefore the building looks as if it is in motion.