Gehry and His Buildings

I had the good fortune to come across the architect Frank Gehry four times in my life. The first occurred in the mid- nineties when Gehry specified titanium for the exterior shell of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain. I worked in the titanium industry at the time and everyone in our business was abuzz at the architectural use of an aerospace metal. Titanium changes color and forms a beautiful patina when it oxidizes making for sometimes unpredictable, but always beautiful, colors. King Juan Carlos opened the museum in 1997 and we bragged about this unique structure.

The next came during grad school at the Weatherhead School at CWRU. Just as my class graduated the new Gehry (Peter B. Lewis Building)  business school opened. We felt envious of the incoming class, the first in this fabulous modern structure.

In 2015, while in Minneapolis, we visited the Weisman Art Museum built by Frank Gehry. The building sits on the  Mississippi River and reflects the myriad of colors surrounding it. (The shell is made of stainless steel and does not produce its own colors.) (see pic) Finally, last week we visited the Disney Performing Arts building in LA, also designed by Gehry. (see pic)

We hope to soon visit his Facebook building in Menlo Park.

Gehry at the Disney

Gehry at the Disney

Gehry at the Weisman

Gehry at the Weisman

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