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Frank Gehry: Half Dressed


The headquarters of Barry Diller's InterActive Corp. are rising on the West Side Highway of Manhattan, next door to famed nightclub The Roxy. After finishing up a day at the office, perhaps Diller can head next door to hang out with the rest of the Velvet Mafia.

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Gone are Gehry's trademark metallic undulations, replaced instead with glass covered in a frosted treatment called a glass frit.

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The end result is supposed to resemble a sailboat. Although it's not completed yet, it all feels rather cold and monolithic to me, whereas his metallic creations at least seemed inspired by a bit of fun.


Incidentally, this is just blocks away from Joe Ovelman's Sao Paulo wall.

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  1. hello andy...
    at this point of saturation represented on the montage of askjeeves etc.....i loved those other photo montages from joe.

    Posted by: ricardo | May 8, 2006 2:44:10 PM

  2. That building is just rediculously ugly. It reminds me of some van with frosted windows from the 80s. Although I work for their competition so I guess I'm biased.... then again, who DOESN'T work for their competition?

    Posted by: Stephen | May 8, 2006 4:09:10 PM

  3. i saw it the other night while running. i thought it was quite beautiful and striking, the kind of sophisticated architecture you'd regularly expect to see in Barcelona but never do in NYC. though it may be the kind of building that looks better at night lit from inside.

    Posted by: brian | May 8, 2006 4:12:03 PM

  4. I can see the whole sort of minimalist Gaudi thing to which Brian alludes - and I don't think it's ugly at all.

    Posted by: Bryant | May 8, 2006 4:50:14 PM

  5. The first time Gehry did the undulating metal it was inspired. The second, third, fourth, ....
    seemed kind of repetitive to me and no longer groundbreaking in any way, just looks like a shiny pile of trash.

    This at least is unique

    Posted by: Jon | May 8, 2006 7:07:43 PM

  6. We're going to look back at Gehry and wonder what the hell we were thinking... too late for downtown Brooklyn, too late for Chelsea, apparently.

    Posted by: sam | May 8, 2006 8:05:11 PM

  7. I think it`s rather beautiful. I hope you post pictures when it`s finished.

    Posted by: Peter Rivendell | May 9, 2006 6:44:54 AM

  8. "although it's not completed yet, it all feels rather cold and monolithic to me"

    Yup. I'd say the architect got it perfect. If you ever worked for BD you'd say the adjectives perfectly described him..

    Posted by: joey | May 9, 2006 7:29:58 AM

  9. Joey, you're very perceptive. You said exactly what I was thinking...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | May 11, 2006 1:40:53 AM

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