As Frank Gehry was rising through the ranks of architecture, his design philosophy of working from ‘inside out’ was so confusing and unconventional that many first time viewers of his work concluded “I just don’t get it—and I don’t like it!”
Artists—and I include architects here!—have fought the battle of resistance to change by clients, patrons, and the general audience for generations of time. There seems to be a curious ‘connection’ between audience members who really, genuinely enjoy jazz music and those same individuals who accept the ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ attitude when it comes to abstract art! American culture is made up of people who covet change and those who resist any form of movement away from ‘tradition’!
Gehry seeks the quality of ‘inevitability’ in his architectural designs. As all the individual pieces of his design/vision come ‘together’ into a finished structure, the final look not only makes ‘sense’ naturally, one could argue that Gehry has succeeded in creating a space where people conclude they would like to occupy and experience that environment! Frank Gehry’s designs—startling and unconventional to be sure—will grow on you…and rather quickly too! Gehry and his architectural forms connect! When one of his larger structures rise in a city, as his form takes final shape, something magical begins to cast a shadow not only over his structure but over the entire city as well!
Frank Gehry said: “Liquid architecture. It’s like jazz—you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it’s a way of—for me, it’s a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city.”
What are your thoughts on the ‘signature’ style that has emerged for the great Los Angeles-based architect Frank Gehry within today’s energized cities?