Frank Gehry’s latest project, a $100 million clinic for brain health in Las Vegas, has just opened this past week. For years, many felt Gehry’s signature style would be a perfect match for Vegas’ decked out architecture, yet the starchitect has continually declined offers. However, this request to design a research facilitiy was quite different; Gehry agreed to design the center only if Huntington was added to the list of diseases the new center would study and treat (Gehry’s good friend saw several loved one suffer from the illness).
The building is definitely an aesthetic throwback, as it shares the recurring elements of previous designs. At times, Gehry’s reliance on his "typical" design moves can make his projects “lose their freshness" and yet, typical of Gehry, he continues to find ways to justify them.
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.
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