Gehry’s Entrance Makes NYC Safe for Timid Architects

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The Guardian‘s Ed Pilkington has a great review up of Frank Gehry‘s new IAC Building in New York, from the building itself to the process of getting it there in the first place. It’s also an interesting look at how other architects had been waiting to see how this would all pan out and now that the building’s all finished up, it appears that the flood gates are open and plans can be formed immediately (“See, it finally worked out for Gehry, so now it’s safe for us!”). Here’s a bit of Gehry’s past struggles to see what we mean:

Two decades ago, Gehry drew up plans for a 61-storey skyscraper in Madison Square Garden. It came to nothing. Designs of an Ian Schrager hotel and a project in Times Square followed, with similar results. Most ambitious of all was to have been a new Guggenheim museum mooted in 2000, for the downtown waterfront near Wall Street. The design, described at the time as “cloudlike,” was to have cost $800m and been twice the size of the building that made his name: the Bilbao Guggenheim, with its famous twisting titanium shell. That bit the dust, too.