April 11, 1997 |
Slouched in a squat cardboard armchair in his Santa Monica office, Frank Gehry is peering into his own future. Across the room, a colleague tapes sheet after sheet of gold paper onto an enormous, unwieldly model as the 68-year-old architect ponders his work. For Gehry, it is a familiar process. Despite the intrusion of ever-more sophisticated computer software, Gehry still shapes things with his hands. But if his methods are fixed, the work is not.
December 12, 1996 |
The first phase of a $3-million renovation at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena opens today. Four refurbished galleries--handsomely outfitted with new stone and wood floors, raised ceilings, improved lighting and walls painted warm beige and mulberry--offer a preview of an extensive project designed by architect Frank O. Gehry that will completely transform the museum's interior. "I'm very excited about the way it's going," museum President Jennifer Jones Simon said of the renovation.
August 12, 1996 |
Santa Monica architect Frank Gehry has acquired an international reputation by creating symphonic, sculptural structures that defy and redefine our sense of what is possible in buildings of metal, stone and glass. "What I'm trying to do as an architect is live in this time--I'm not trying to live in the past," says Gehry of Frank O. Gehry & Associates Inc. "I'm struggling to express the present, to find what's powerful today."
July 14, 1996 |
Dagmar Sedlakova's discerning nose turns up at the mention of the new building on Jiraskovo Square that was co-designed by Los Angeles-based architect Frank O. Gehry. Her words are judicious, but they carry the reproach of a schoolmarm admonishing a band of truants. Disrespectful. Unsuitable. Where is the self-restraint? "Prague is changing too quickly," Sedlakova lectures from her 18th century office in the heart of this medieval city. "We risk losing the spirit of our city.
June 15, 1996 |
Frank O. Gehry is among the most acclaimed and sought-after architects in the world, but the Internal Revenue Service is seeking the Los Angeles luminary's firm for other reasons--about $1 million in back taxes and penalties. The IRS slapped Frank O. Gehry & Associates Inc. with a tax-deficiency notice earlier this year, asserting that Gehry had awarded himself "unreasonable compensation" in 1992 and '93, according to U.S. Tax Court records.
May 30, 1996 |
The room might be likened to an isolation nursery where a beloved infant remains in a coma for years because of a complicated illness. The father is visiting, and he is having a difficult time containing his grief. In this case, however, the metaphorical baby is Disney Concert Hall. The nursery is the Santa Monica storeroom where its models are kept. And the anguished parent is architect Frank O.
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May 29, 1996 |
Jose Rafael Moneo, a prize-winning Spanish architect whose work combines contemporary and historical styles, is the front-runner in the competition to design a new St. Vibiana's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Los Angeles, sources close to the process said Tuesday. Moneo was formally named one of three finalists Tuesday for the cathedral commission, along with two highly regarded Santa Monica-based architects, Frank O. Gehry and Thom Mayne.
March 21, 1996 |
Jennifer Jones Simon, president of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, is working with architect and museum board member Frank O. Gehry to develop plans for a renovation of the museum's building and gardens. Work on the project--which is budgeted at more than $3 million--is expected to start in June and be completed within a year.
September 15, 1991 |
Eric Owen Moss is flipping through architecture magazines in his Culver City office. There's Moss' 708 House on one cover, his Petal House on another, his Adams House on another. Nearly two dozen magazines are marked to indicate photographs of his projects, but he hasn't a clue what the captions say. He can't read Japanese. Moss hasn't built a thing in Japan. He was invited to compete for Tokyo's New National Theatre a few years ago, but he didn't get the commission.