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* Residential Architecture: Frank Gehry Designs Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Santa Monica

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Frank Gehry Designs Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Santa Monica

Residential Architecture: Frank Gehry Designs Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Santa Monica: “..Developers M. David Paul Associates and the Worthe Real Estate Group have commissioned Frank Gehry to design a mixed-use hotel and residential tower in his hometown of Santa Monica, California, USA. The 22-story “Ocean Avenue Project” aims to stimulate the coastal city’s economy with street-level restaurant and retail space below a 125-room hotel and 22-unit condominium tower topped with a rooftop observation deck. As for accommodating the car-centric lifestyle of the West Coast, resident and visitor parking will be available in a three-story subterranean garage beneath the tower. In addition, the developers plan to integrate a 36,000 square foot museum campus that will add a cultural perk to the development just North of its two-acre site..Although this project looks promising, the 244-foot, Gehry-esque tower is currently pending approval from the City. A vote by the end of March will decide its fate..”

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image: © Gehry Partners; article: Rosenfield , Karissa. “Gehry Designs Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Santa Monica” 04 Mar 2013.ArchDaily

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* Architecture: Gehry and Mirvish unveil Toronto ‘Sculptures’

Posted by the editors on Friday, 5 October 2012

Architecture: Gehry and Mirvish unveil Toronto ‘Sculptures’: “..David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and Toronto-born starchitect  have officially unveiled a massive, mixed-use project that will transform Toronto’s downtown arts and entertainment district. The multi-phase project will significantly alter the city’s skyline with three, “sculptural” residential towers perched atop two, six story podiums..Mirvish describes, “I am not building three towers, I am building three sculptures that people can live in.”..The towers are inspired by Mirvish’s family history, as he describes, “This area was transformed 50 years ago after my father purchased the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and this project will continue the theatre’s future and transform the neighborhood again for the next 50 years. I am proud that we can continue this legacy that my father began.”..“It is very special for me to be able to work in Toronto where I was born and to engage the neighborhoods where I grew up,” added Gehry, as reported on Dexigner. “It’s especially interesting that this project involves the arts. That is always meaningful to me. With this project, I wanted to create buildings that were good neighbors to the surrounding buildings and that respected the rich and diverse history of the area. I also wanted to make nice places for the people who live in and visit the buildings. David has an exciting vision, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”..The Mirvish/Gehry proposal will transform a significant stretch of King West between the Royal Alex Theater and John Street. Two, stepped podiums, relating to the scale of the surrounding context, will serve as a pedestal for the  80+ storey, “iconic” towers. They will house a 60,000-square-foot, non profit gallery that showcases Mirvish’s personal contemporary art collection, along with a new OCAD University facility that will front King Street West..The casualty of the proposal is the existing, 1993 Princess of Wales Theatre..Mirvish explained, “If there were a way of completing this project without removing the Princess of Wales Theatre, we would have followed it. But after careful consideration and many different plans, I decided not giving Gehry a full canvas on which to work would have meant compromises that would have lessened the power of the project.”..Both Mirvish and Gehry readily pointed out that the conceptual models do not necessarily represent the final project as it will eventually be built..Mirvish and Gehry’s next step depends on City approval..”

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image: © Gehry International Inc.; article: Rosenfield , Karissa . “Gehry and Mirvish unveil Toronto ‘Sculptures’” 02 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/278586&gt;

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* Architecture: Frank Gehry designs Facebook HQ Expansion

Posted by the editors on Monday, 27 August 2012

Architecture: Frank Gehry designs Facebook HQ Expansion: “..Mark Zuckerberg, the 28-year-old co-founder of Facebook, has commissioned Frank Gehry to design a new campus headquarters on the outskirts of San Francisco Bay, California. Located across the highway from Facebook East, the company’s current headquarters, Facebook West will provide every luxury expected from a modern office space, from a flexible open floor plan, to arcade-filled lounge areas and a massive roof garden..The enormous, ten acre “room” breaks away from Gehry’s signature curves, and aims to provide a “system that’s not precious, that they [Facebook] can manipulate.” Work benches “line up in curving arcs like swarming fish”, organizing the 420,000 square foot facility into “neighborhoods” that softly flow into each other in an attempt to foster a collaborative, community-like environment..When Facebook employees need a break, they can retreat to outdoor-terraced cafes for some sushi and barbecue, play arcade games in the lounge with their co-workers, or escape up a “twisting wooden stair” to the lush roof garden..Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2013..For more information, check out Bloomberg’s exclusive coverage here..”

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image: Photo: Frank Gehry/ via Bloomberg; article: Rosenfield , Karissa . “Frank Gehry designs Facebook HQ Expansion” 25 Aug 2012. ArchDaily.<http://www.archdaily.com/266898&gt;

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* Architecture: The French Cinematheque by Frank Gehry

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Architecture: The French Cinematheque by Frank Gehry: “..A park in Paris, in the twelfth “arrondissement” (the administrative districts), to 51 of the Rue de Bercy (48°50’13.20″N – 2°22’55.88″E), familiarly shortened already by the Parisians “Le 51″, embraces the new center of the Cinémathèque Française http://www.cinematheque.fr/ that has officially opened in 2005 and planned by Frank Owen Gehry http://www.gehrypartners.com/. The center can count on four rooms perfectly equipped from the 16 millimeters to the digital video, even with a twelve orchestral hole in case there is to be accompanied a mute film. Eight floors and three undergrounds: the external structure was projected by Gehry, with its traditional joint volumes, the intern has been abundantly elaborated again for suiting it for the new demands. The building of Gehry initially destined to entertain the American cultural representation was closed, has been in relief from the French State in which has invested more than 35 million Euro for the adaptation, to which they are to add the 25 spent for buying the property..In this way they have found space four rooms: three devoted to the programming (of 415 places, of 199 and of 94) and one, of 83 places, reserved to the didactic activities. To these are added the ambient of the Library of the Film, and two great museum areas (one, called “Passion cinéma”, in which we can find the most famous as the automaton of “Metropolis” or the gears in which Charlot falls down in “Modern Times”, the other smaller rooms for the new acquisitions) and above all, to the fifth floor, a real expositive gallery, that will entertain shows where the art weaves him with the cinema. The projections for quantity and quality turn it into a kind of eternal marvelous source of cinema. It begins to midday and a half, to offer to the students and the employees of the numerous offices of the zone, the occasion of a break lunch some different from the usual one, and it continues up to late evening in all the three rooms. An average of fifty projections a week, that ago more or less 2.500 projections a year..” (The article includes a video by Franco di Capua.)..

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image + video: Franco di Capua; article: Arthitectural

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