The love-him or hate-him architect’s New World Symphony nears completion in Miami Beach
WAN readers have not been kind to Frank O. Gehry of late. The architect’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which recently opened in Las Vegas was one of the biggest draws for readers’ comments and generally speaking most were not flattering. For whatever reasons, Gehry is a polarizing figure whose work is either loved or hated. But last week in New York at an intimate and packed setting at MoMA’s restaurant, The Modern, where the architect was on hand to brief the media on the New World Symphony project in Miami Beach it was all love for Gehry.
Since turning 80, Gehry has weathered storms familiar to many other architects and firms – laying off employees at Frank Gehry Partners LLC in Los Angeles to dropping out of projects such as King Alfred in Hove, UK or Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. Still with projects underway or nearing completion, such as New Symphony Hall and his recent win to design the new Eisenhower Memorial in Washington D.C., Gehry continues to reinvent himself well into his ninth decade.