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26/08/2013

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Frank Gehry

Frank Owen Gehry (Toronto, Canada, February 29, 1929) is undoubtedly the best known architect of all those who have worked in Bilbao as the author of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The curved and twisted structures of his buildings, usually covered with metal, are well known and recognized worldwide.

Born in the Canadian city of Toronto in the heart of a Jewish family, Gehry arrived at California at the age of 17 and studied in the city of Los Angeles, where he would attend his studies in architecture. Later, he was admitted to study Town Planning at the School of Design at Harvard University .

In 1961, already married with two daughters, Gehry moved with his family to Paris, where he worked at André Rémonder’s studio. The French-speaking education he received in Canada was a big help for him to manage in Paris. He stayed for one year, during which he studied the works of Le Corbusier and other French and European architects and existing Romanesque churches in France.

When he returned to Los Angeles, Gehry opened his own architecture studio. In the following years he developed his personal architectural style, gaining national and international recognition. His architecture style is striking, done frequently with unfinished materials. In the same building he incorporates several simple geometric shapes, creating a visual flow among them.

In recent years, Gehry has become one of the most famous architects in the world thanks to the unique style of his works, including his own home, and which are a destination for many tourists.

In 2005, filmmaker Sydney Pollack, a friend of Gehry’s, made a documentary about his work and style called: Sketches of Frank Gehry.

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