12 Striking Buildings by Frank Gehry

9. Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, Spain

Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, Spain
Photo: Getty Images/Gonzalo Azumendi

The Marqués de Riscal, built in 2006, was Gehry’s first completed hotel. The luxury lodging is located in a small town known for its vineyards and wineries. Much like how Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao rejuvenated that Spanish city, Marqués de Riscal has brought more tourists to this region of the country.

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10. WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Photo by Carol Highsmith

Gehry was shortlisted to devise a new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1988; the project, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, finally opened in 2003. Today critics and the public agree that the iconic building was worth the wait. Reflecting Gehry’s longtime passion for sailing, the structure’s exterior features expanses of stainless steel that billow above Grand Avenue, while inside, similarly shaped panels of Douglas fir line the auditorium

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11. Neuer Zollhof, Dusseldorf, Germany

Neuer Zollhof, Dusseldorf, Germany
Photo: Nemanja Radovanovic/Alamy

Gehry’s Neuer Zollhof complex spurred the transformation of Dusseldorf, Germany’s waterfront into what is now called the Media Harbour in 1999. The popularity of the trio of office buildings yielded nearby commissions for other prominent architects like Fumihiko Maki and Murphy/Jahn, and earned the three towers a spot in the Germand edition of Monopoly.

12. Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris

Louis-Vuitton Foundation for Creation |Frank Gehry
Louis-Vuitton Foundation for Creation |Frank Gehry

An art museum and cultural centre, sponsored by Louis Vuitton, the building shows Gehry’s commitment to fluid design.

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The building’s appearance, due to its many diverging planes of glass, actually changes depending on the time of day. As he states, this was done “in order to give the impression of something ephemeral and continually changing”.