Born in 1929, Canadian–American architect Frank Gehry is a leading figure of the Deconstructivist Movement, rejecting the idea that “form follows function.” Here are ten of his most stunning buildings from around the world, ranging from the epic Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris to the shimmering, metallic masterpiece that is the Guggenheim Museum in Spain.
Completed in 2014, the Dr Chau Chak Wing is Gehry’s most recent addition to the world of architecture. The 12-story tower is home to a new business school, part of the University of Technology in Sydney. The organic appearance resembles Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona – yet the building is interspersed with modern elements, such as great glass shards that shatter the smooth flow of the site, geometric rectangular windows that pierce the curvaceous walls, and the textured brickwork that follows the monumental earthy walls. The deconstructivist elements of Gehry’s earlier works still have a place amidst the natural forms of The Dr Chau Chak Wing.
By Tamsin Nicholson
Tamsin Nicholson is currently studying Art History in Glasgow. With the Royal Naval Reserves, she sails to off-the-beaten track costal locations. Her keen interest in art and culture has taken her through Europe by train and across the Atlantic. Find her doing tours of Glasgow Cathedral.
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