12 Striking Buildings by Frank Gehry

5. DANCING HOUSE, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

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The Dancing House, with its eye-catching silhouette, was given the nickname Fred and Ginger—after dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers—by Gehry himself. In 1996, its construction was controversial, as the building doesn’t fit among the Baroque, Gothic, and Art Nouveau for which Prague is known.

6. MUSEUM OF POP CULTURE, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

MUSEUM OF POP CULTURE, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Experience Music Project Museum – EMP – Seattle

Gehry’s inspiration for the Museum of Pop Culture was rock ‘n’ roll. According to the institution, he “purchased several electric guitars, sliced them into pieces, and used them as building blocks for an early model design.”

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The final result features 21,000 individually cut and shaped stainless steel and aluminum shingles that cloak the building in an iridescent wave.

7. THE IAC BUILDING, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

THE IAC BUILDING, NEW YORK
THE IAC BUILDING, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

The IAC Building is located in Chelsea and marks Gehry’s first structure in New York. Reminiscent of a beehive, the building has two major levels and largely conceals the fact that this is a 10-story design. The white and grey glass exterior represents a shift for Gehry, who had originally planned for wrinkled titanium. (Barry Diller, head of the IAC, ordered for the glass change.)

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8. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, France

Cinémathèque Française, Paris, France
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Previously housing the American Centre in Paris, this structure is far mellower than many other buildings on the list. Eschewing his typically flashy style, Gehry opted for a subdued design as a sign of respect to the historic Parisian architecture surrounding it.

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