Frank Gehry’s Residence, 2012 AIA 25-Year Award Winner; Can You See The House?

I hope you can see it; it should be the easiest Where’s Waldo puzzle you’ve ever come across (remember Waldo kids?). The American Institute of Architects (remember them) conducted an interview with famed architect Frank Gehry — the recipient of the 2012 25-Year Award and architect of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial project — to talk about his unorthodox residence in Santa Monica that has hugely impacted and influenced architectural practice and theory in the last 30+ years.  Plus, there’s a story that the Homeowner’s Association forced Gehry to put a chain link fence on the property, so he did; by incorporating it INTO the house itself.  Now that’s what we, on the internet, call “pwnage.”  Check out more about the house (and a video; ooh-la-la) after the break.

In 1977, Frank and Berta Gehry bought a pink Dutch colonial home in a quiet Southern California neighborhood that was originally built in 1920.  After being inspired by existing materials like metal, corrugated steel, plywood, chain link fencing, and wood framing, Gehry decided to wrap the outside of the house with a new exterior while still leaving the old exterior visible, and in the process.  In the process, his house became a controversial symbol of architectural deconstructivism by utilizing unconventional materials for the new addition (Gehry himself , however, denies that it was deconstructivism).  The AIA describes the residence:

“The exposed structure, chaotic fusion of disparate materials, and aggressive juxtaposition of old and new communicate a sense of real-time formal evolution and conflict, as if the building were dynamically, violently creating itself with found objects.”

Frank Gehry offers advice to current architecture students at the video’s end, by urging them to “learn to be yourself and be curious about what is going on around you and respond to it.”

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