If Frank Gehry has brought an artist's sensibility to architecture, Los Angeles has been his palette. Five of his better-known buildings:
Loyola Law School. Expanding the Downtown campus, Gehry set out to create a space that would not upstage the surrounding neighborhood. Echoing the Roman Forum, he placed small buildings and a chapel around a miniature piazza.
Rebecca's. The Venice hot spot is blue-chip Mexican and a wry social comment on itself. Huge crocodiles and a bejeweled octopus swim from the ceiling, and an imitation-Mexican painting on velvet by Peter Alexander depicts sea life.
The Norton House. In this "ultimate beach shack," Gehry co-opts the cacophony of the Venice boardwalk with a zany mix of low-budget materials, including ordinary kitchen tile and a pile of logs used as a sunscreen. Most stunning is the study that perches like a lifeguard tower over the beach. But the glare, it turns out, prevents the screenwriter-owner from using his word processor there.