Frank Owen Gehry
Frank Owen Gehry is a Canadian-born American Architect, who is famous for his extraordinary and individual style. The most famous Works by the Los Angeles based architect are the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, the Experience Music Project in Seattle, the Dancing House in Prague and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein.
The creativty of the young Frank O. Gehry was supported by his family. He graduate from the University of Southern California's School of Architecture, and later studied city planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, without completing the program. When he returned to Los Angeles, he worked for some time for Victor Gruen Associates. In 1958, at the age of 28, Frank O Gehry designed his first private residence in collaboration with his former classmate Greg Walsh. The so-called "David Cabin" already featured several features which became typical for his later work. In 1961 Frank O Gehry moved to Paris and worked for another architectural office. Already in 1962 Gehry established his practice in Los Angeles, which became Frank Gehry and Associates in 1967. The early works by Frank O Gehry are all to be found in Southern California. His career truly started with the renovation of his own private residence in Santa Monica, which was originally built in 1920. The exterior of this building was wrapped with metallic sheets, leaving visible many details of the original building.
In 1989 Frank O Gehry was awarded the important Pritzker Architecture Prize. The jury especially appreciated his openness to experimentation, non-aligned with the broader stylistic movements. The architecture of Frank O Gehry often appears unfinished or even crude, using inexpensive materials. Since the end of the 1980s Frank O Gehry received numerous commissions abroad, the Vitra Design Museum becoming his first commission in Europe. When his Guggnheim Museum Bilbao opened in 1997, Frank O Gehry achieved a new level of international recognition. The Guggenheim Museum became a great success and was praised as a masterpiece of the twentieth century and was considered as "the greatest building of our time" by the legendary Philip Johnson. In fact the museum became famous for its striking design and the economic effect it had for the city of Bilbao. In 2001 the Office became Gehry Partners. Several innovations in architectural software originate from Gehry's firm called Gehry Technologies, which was established in 2002.
1986 - 1987 Cafe Fish - Kobe
1986 - 1989 Vitra Design Museum - Weil am Rhein
1991 - 1997 Museum Guggenheim - Bilbao
1994 - 1996 Goldstein Residential Development - Frankfurt
1996 - 1999 Neuer Zollhof - Düsseldorf