Frank Gehry

Frank Owen Gehry was born in February 1929 in Toronto Canada. He is a world renowned architecture, living in LA, many of his buildings are famous across the globe. Gehrys work was cited to be the most important works in contemporary architecture in the 2010 World Architecture Survey. He was also labelled ‘The most important architecture of our age’ by Vanity Fair. Some of his best known works include, The Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, Louis Vuitton Fountain in Paris, New World Centre in Miami Beach and the Dancing House in Prague. Gehrys style is one that reflects his spirit of experimentation, whilst still respecting the demands of professional practice. In some of his work, his style can seen ‘unfinished’ or ‘crude’ but this is just a reflection of the Californian art movement, ‘Funk’. In the 1960’s and 1970’s this movement featured the use of inexpensive, found objects and non-traditional media to create art.

The ‘Dancing House’ building in Prague is my favourite piece of architecture designed by Frank Gehry, the soft lines and the curving motion of the building are truly breathtaking. The abstract design of this building creates the effect that the building really is alive and I think its this personification that makes the building so interesting to look at. Gehry was hired by the company ING with the idea of creating a symbolic building in Prague, he along side V.Milunic, were given an unlimited budget and complete artistic freedom. The construction of the building took two years starting in 1994 and being completed in 1996. The design on the building was inspired by Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astaire, an iconic dance partnership who made movies together from 1933-1949.

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