Frank Gehry’s Concept of Timelessness
On Saturday, November 23, 2019 “Canada’s Walk of Fame” celebrated Frank Gehry’s significant contributions in the world of contemporary architecture during their annual red carpet Awards Show and Gala.
Born in Toronto, Canada in 1929, Frank Gehry grew up playing in his grandfather’s hardware store, developing an interest in design. He eventually moved with his family to Los Angeles, where he studied architecture at the University of Southern California, earning his degree in 1954. He went on to enroll in Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1956 but dropped out, citing that it wasn’t the right place for him.
Returning to Los Angeles, Gehry worked for several years in designing homes for other architects. In 1962 he decided to venture out on his own. He was now able to create his signature style that continues to impress us to this day.
Gehry’s postmodern, avant-garde designs soon caught the attention of the architectural world, catapulting him to celebrity status. His aesthetic is bold, brave and easily recognizable. In fact, his creations and monuments to contemporary design have become tourist attractions, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, the Gehry Tower, and the Dancing House in Prague.
Gehry believes that ‘architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.’
Here are some examples of Gehry’s work: