If you’ve driven along the West Side Highway lately, chances are you’ve seen the nearly-complete IAC Building, architect Frank Gehry‘s first New York structure and $100 million home to Barry Diller‘s IAC empire, a 10-story glassy outcropping between 18th and 19th streets.
The project has architecture critics and Gehry heads like Brad Pitt all atwitter. But not everyone is impressed. Take, for instance, the NYT‘s Nicolai Ouroussoff, who says “it may qualify as the most blandly corporate space Gehry has created”:
The building … feels oddly tame. For those who have followed Gehry’s creative career, these easy, fluid forms are a marked departure from the complex, fragmented structures of his youth. Rather than mining rich new creative territory, Gehry seems to be holding back. The results almost pristine by Gehry’s standards suggest the casual confidence of an aging virtuoso rather than the brash innovation of a rowdy outsider.
We’re not sure this part of Ouroussoff’s review is considered bad, though may not be what Diller had hoped his 75-year-lease would cover: “Forms pull apart to suggest a hiked dress or gently parting legs.”