Frank Gehry's Latest Mind-Bending Structure


Reviews have been mixed regarding Frank Gehry’s latest project, but one thing is certain, you either love it or hate it.

Gehry agreed to design the $100-million Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center in Las Vegas on one condition - that Huntington was added to the list of diseases the new brain health clinic would study and treat (Gehry’s good friend saw several loved one suffer from the illness).

The design splits the complex into a pair of separate wings that sit in opposition to one another (one might assume the classic left-brain, right-brain metaphor). The architecture seems to support that assumption as the office wing is rational and contained, and the auditorium free-flowing.

As Christopher Hawthorne for the LA Times explains, “The unobstructed, informal movement that the design promotes from one wing to another suggests the way we use our brains every day, flowing from left-brain to right-brain thinking and back again without noticing the difference.”

So what do you think, love it or hate it?

photo credit: (Isaac Brekken, For The Times / May 16, 2010)
via archdaily, la times

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  • truly mind absorbing
  • Twisted!
  • Cleveland Sucks lol. Love Frank G
  • Personally, I love it - based purely on that photograph.

    I'd be interested to know what the clinic's patients think of it. Would they find it reassuringly quirky, or rather intimidating?
  • @DarNamell - Thanks for sharing, DarNamell!
  • I drive by this building every couple of weeks and, granted, nothing else looks like it. That said, some of the newer buildings in the area are much bolder than your standard commercial area so while nothing compares to the Ruvo Center, the blocks surrounding it are made up of some bold architectural choices so it's a nice fit in what is a major attempt at urban renewal in the downtown Vegas area.
  • Chaos is a friend of mine ;)
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