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Frank Gehry turns 90: A look at his greatest hits

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Always experimental, always provocative

Walt Disney Concert hall in Los Angeles, California (2003).
Walt Disney Concert hall in Los Angeles, California (2003).
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World-renowned architect Frank Gehry turns 90 today and continues to be one of the busiest people around. The Pritzker winner has an online architecture class and Facebook Live experience under his belt, and, of course, big new projects like the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., and a museum for architecture and model trains in Massachusetts underway. In this past year, Gehry also unveiled another new building for Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters and signed on to design an expansion to a performing arts school in Los Angeles.

Indeed, it’s Gehry’s inimitable designs that are sure to keep catching new eyes around the world. A Harvard design school dropout, Gehry has been challenging norms for decades with his unwavering Deconstructivist style. Whether it’s massive metal sails and ripples or an unabashed use of color, his buildings are always experimental and, as a result, provocative.

In honor of Gehry’s birthday, here’s a toast to some of his greatest hits, from the grand Walt Disney Concert Hall in his beloved LA to the now iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

The Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, France (2014).
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Biomuseo, the Museum of Biodiversity, in Panama City, Panama (2014).
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The 76-story residential skyscraper 8 Spruce Street in New York, New York (2010).
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The Stata Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts (2004).
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BP Pedestrian Bridge in Chicago (2004).
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The Fisher Center Performing Arts at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (2003).
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As seen from the Space Needle: The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington (2000).
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A night view of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (1997).
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Dancing House, designed in collaboration with Czech architect Vlado Milunić, in Prague, Czech Republic (1996).
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The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis (1993).
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Frank Gehry’s residence in Santa Monica, California, circa 1978.
Photo by Elizabeth Daniels