Gehry Residence, 2012 AIA Twenty-five Year Award Recipient / AIA / 2012

Gehry Residence, 2012 AIA Twenty-five Year Award Recipient / AIA / 2012


Footnotes

Paul Lubowicki, then a 23-year-old project designer fresh out of Cooper Union, was on site one day when a car pulled up. As he recalls, “This guy stopped me and said, ‘Are you working on this house?' I said, ‘Yeah.' He said, ‘It looks like a Tijuana sausage factory.' And he drove off. It was so demoralizing.”

The Santa Monica house was the first project Lubowicki worked on when he arrived in 1977 at Frank O. Gehry & Associates, and for three months he was the only person collaborating on it with Gehry. “He gave me the famous sketch on yellow paper that showed the elevation,” he says, referring to Gehry's initial rendering. “So I made the model from the sketch. The first thing Frank did was take a knife and cut the entryway. All of a sudden I got tons of sketches from him. … It was the most kamikaze stuff.” ➡︎

Gehry's sister, Doreen Nelson, suggested shrewdly that "when Frank bought that pink house, he did a transformation not only on the house but on himself. He put all this stuff around it to present himself as a new person, but an old new person who's still connected to where he came from and who he was." ➡︎

Though Mr. Gehry denied that he was trying to make a Big Statement, the house was soon widely recognized as a potent expression of contemporary American urbanism. It was as if the old house had begun to break apart under the pressure of proximity to the neighbors, and then began to exert its own pressure outward: pushing back against staid decorum, exposing suburbia's conflicting ideals of community and independence. ➡︎


Extras

◼︎ Site Lines: Frank Gehry’s house, designed for living / Robert Campbell / The Boston Globe / 2012


Sources

◼︎ Frank Gehry's House / Alex Hoyt / Architect Magazine / 2012

◼︎ Frank Gehry: The Evolution of a Master / Leon Whiteson / Los Angeles Times / 1989

◼︎ The Gehry House: A Brash Landmark Grows Up / Herbert Muschamp / The New York Times / 1993


AD Visits: Patrick Dempsey at His Malibu Home / Architectural Digest / 2014

AD Visits: Patrick Dempsey at His Malibu Home / Architectural Digest / 2014

Companion / Braids / Kevan Funk / 2016

Companion / Braids / Kevan Funk / 2016