Four years from now, Frank Gehry’s 180-foot-tall Arts Resource Center, complete with towers of pixelated-looking steel (you know, so it’ll be recognizable as a Gehry original), is set to open on a 20-acre former train repair site in the South of France as the centerpiece of LUMA Arles, an art and culture campus founded by Swiss collector Maja Hoffmann. However, before the tower joins the existing landscape, patrons will be getting an unusual introduction to the prolific designer. Artists Philippe Parreno, Liam Gillick and other various artists — along with Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist — are creating Solaris Chronicles, a dynamic show with dancing models acting as an homage to Gehry’s work, a definite departure from the standard presentations of architecture at an exhibition.
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.
Architect Frank Gehry has now left his stamp in the city-state of Hong Kong, after doing so in Los Angeles, New York, Prague, Bilbao. The recently-completed Opus Hong Kong is a 12-story residential tower, and the architect’s first in Asia.