Frank Gehry’s twisting, mountainous skyscraper takes shape at LUMA Arles

August 24, 2017 by  
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New photos of Frank Gehry ‘s tower at LUMA Arles show a mountainous, twisting structure taking shape on the 16-acre site in France. The tower will house a variety of functions, including research facilities, workshop and seminar room, as well as artist studios . The building is expected to be completed in spring 2019. The 9,000-square-metre stainless steel tower sits on LUMA Arles, a large site previously occupied by 19th century railroad workshops. Today, this area is undergoing a rehabilitation process helmed by New York-based Selldorf Architects, while Belgian landscape architect Bas Smets plan to create a beautiful park adjacent to Gehry’s mountain-like tower . Related: Gehry Partners unveils plant-covered offices for Los Angeles LUMA Arles will function as an experimental contemporary center where artists and researchers can collaborate on a variety of multidisciplinary projects. Swiss pharmaceutical heiress and contemporary art collector Maja Hoffmann leads the cultural project, expected to cost around €100 million, and is the Executive Director of LUMA Arles and President of the LUMA Foundation. + LUMA Arles + Gehry Partners Via World Architecture Community Photos by Victor Picon , via LUMA Arles

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Elon Musk reveals first official photo of the SpaceX space suit

August 24, 2017 by  
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Elon Musk surprised fans on Instagram by sharing the first official photo of the SpaceX space suit. In the caption, he teased details about the suit, mentioning that it definitely works and was tested to double vacuum pressure. Musk admitted that it was “incredibly hard” to balance the suit’s look and function. “First picture of SpaceX spacesuit,” Musk wrote on Instagram. “More in days to follow. Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function. Easy to do either separately.” First picture of SpaceX spacesuit. More in days to follow. Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function. Easy to do either separately. A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Aug 23, 2017 at 12:59am PDT Though Musk failed to mention the specific purpose of the suit, The Verge suggests they are to be worn by astronauts when riding inside the SpaceX Dragon Capsule. Because they are pressure suits, they are not meant for spacewalks. Rather, the gear is designed for astronauts to wear during transport – just in case the capsule depressurizes. NASA astronauts will also don the suits for the commercial crew program, when SpaceX starts launching people to and from the International Space Station . Related: NASA considers puncturing Yellowstone supervolcano to save life on Earth The helmet and sleek aesthetic of the suit make it look as if it’s ready to debut in a sci-fi flick. At the same time, it pays homage to “old school” space suits NASA astronauts wore to the moon. Within days, more information on the new SpaceX suit will be revealed. Via The Verge , CNBC Images via SpaceX , Elon Musk

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Gehry Partners unveils plant-covered offices for Los Angeles

July 21, 2017 by  
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Frank Gehry’s firm Gehry Partners is bringing a burst of greenery to Los Angeles’ Playa Vista neighborhood. The world-renowned architecture firm unveiled renderings for their new eight-story office project, called New Beatrice West, that will incorporate the firm’s current offices next door. The eco-conscious structure will be covered in green walls , topped with trees, and feature energy-efficient systems. Located on a corner lot across five contiguous lots, New Beatrice West will be a mixed-use structure that will be integrated into its nearly 88,000-square-foot neighbor, 12541 Beatrice Street, that currently houses Gehry Partners’ offices. Three levels of retail and restaurant space make up the lower floors, while the upper five levels will house offices. Parking is mostly tucked underground across two levels. The building will also accommodate long- and short-term bike parking spaces, as well as locker rooms and showers for bike commuters . Related: Frank Gehry to revitalize the LA River as “a water reclamation project” The building will comprise a series of terraced glass boxes topped with trees and covered with green walls. To minimize energy use, the architects plan to include low-flow water fixtures, energy-efficient lighting, and passive design prinicples. The project’s construction period is estimated at 22 months. + Gehry Partners Via Curbed Images via LA Department of Planning

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Frank Gehry-designed luxury hotel brings avant-garde design to historic Spain winery

March 14, 2017 by  
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The bucolic hills of Spain’s wine country may be one of the last places you’d expect to see a Frank Gehry -designed building, but the starchitect’s iconic deconstructivist style has found home in the heart of the Rioja wine region. Spurred by Gehry’s successful Guggenheim Museum in nearby Bilbao, the Marques de Riscal winery in Elciego commissioned the world-renowned architect to dramatically renovate its 19th century grounds with an avant-garde touch. The new luxury complex features gigantic curving titanium sheets that pop against the lush landscape and includes a five-star hotel, restaurant, viticulture museum, and more. Completed in 2006, the Marques de Riscal complex includes Gehry’s first completed hotel . The 43-room luxury hotel prides itself as a work of art with a sculptural exterior and light-filled interior with cathedral-height ceilings and bespoke detailing. The stunning new complex was commissioned in hopes of bringing the “Guggenheim effect”—a term that refers to how Gehry’s art museum in Bilboa rejuvenated the city—to the winery’s small town of Elciego. Nearly eleven years after the unveiling, the Gehry-designed complex seems to have worked—the hotel has earned glowing reviews and brought greater tourism to the region. Related: How Frank Gehry’s provocative designs go from concept to reality Spread across two buildings linked by a suspended footbridge, the ultra-modern hotel features curved titanium plates tinted rose, silver, and gold—colors that represent the Marques de Riscal bottles, from the burgundy hues of rioja to the silver foil covering the cork. Due to the building’s sculptural design, the luxurious interior includes tilted walls and zigzag windows. The rooms and suites overlook beautiful views of Spain’s wine country. The winery grounds also include the Michelin-starred Marqués de Riscal Restaurant and a spa. + Frank Gehry Images via Marques de Riscal Hotel

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How Frank Gehry’s provocative designs go from concept to reality

December 4, 2015 by  
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14 Gifts for Animal Lovers

December 4, 2015 by  
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‘Tis the season of light, love, and goodwill to all, and those wishes certainly extend to our animal cousins. Gifts that are cruelty-free and ethically made are true symbols of peace, and those that benefit others are even more exceptional. Vegan gifts can be enjoyed by anyone on your shopping list — not just those who specifically follow a vegan lifestyle — and your recipient’s holiday might be just a bit brighter if they know that the present they received also helped another in need. Check out our list of vegan, compassionate gift ideas and help spread gentleness to all. GIFTS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS >

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The Skyline hotel in Battersea Power Station project will feature stunning infinity pool

November 4, 2015 by  
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The latest development in the upcoming Battersea Power Station project is the addition of a hotel’s rooftop infinity pool which overlooks the Thames riverbank. Fosters + Partners and Frank Gehry released phase three plans for the surrounding London structures earlier this year and each new detail makes the project seem more and more exciting. The infinity pool is the cherry on top of the swanky Skyline hotel. Read the rest of The Skyline hotel in Battersea Power Station project will feature stunning infinity pool

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Facebook’s new Frank Gehry-designed LEED-certified headquarters boasts a beautiful artistic interior

March 31, 2015 by  
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The New Gehry Residence in Los Angeles Sure is Shiny

April 1, 2014 by  
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It is not often that an architecture master reinvents himself, but that is precisely what Pritzker Prize winning architect Frank Gehry has done. Gehry , who first won international recognition with his own residence, a masterpiece of post-modern architecture, has revealed what can only be described as the first post post post-modern architectural work, the New Gehry Residence, completely confounding both his critics and promoters alike. Read the rest of The New Gehry Residence in Los Angeles Sure is Shiny Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blobitecture , Frank Gehry , Frank Gehry Residence , Frank Gehry’s House , Gehry’s home , glazed window , Los Angeles , mcmansion , nasa , New Gehry , New Gehry Residence , post post modern architecture , post-modern , postmodern architecture , Pritzker Prize , titanium architecture , Titanium construction        

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Plans for Frank Gehry-Designed WTC Performing Arts Center Are Looking Bleak

March 13, 2014 by  
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The plan to build the F rank Gehry-designed World Trade Center Performing Arts Center is looking bleak. The project currently has less than half of the funds it needs for construction , and there has been speculation over whether Gehry is even involved with the project anymore. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: andrew cuomo , BAM Fisher theatre , bam! , bill de blasio , BRIC House , Brooklyn Academy of Music , Frank Gehry , governor andrew cuomo , Mayor Bill de Blasio , PATH Train , World Trade Arts Center , World Trade Center Performing Arts Center , WTC Arts Center , WTC Performing Arts Center        

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