The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is the brain child of Larry Ruvo- the owner of the largest distributor of wine and spirits in Las Vegas and Frank Gehry the California based, Toronto born architect.
I first went on a tour of this structure a year ago when the Living Arts Center, which is the organically shaped stainless steel structure, was still on the ground. It was surreal. It literally looked like a crane had dropped the metal pieces and crumpled them. Sited by Mr. Gehry as the worlds largest jigsaw puzzle this structure is five separate parts assembled by screws leaving no room for error. If you are familiar with Mr. Gehry’s work you will know that this is how he rolls.
This is what the inside of the Living Arts Center looks like- The beams are made to look like tree trunks:
The main medical building houses an impressive contemporary arts collection which is all for sale. Save for the sculpture located in the garden by Peter Alexander which was donated by Gehry, tiled Sugar and made of recycled glass.
I find it impressive how dedicated Mr. Gehry is to his work- all the seating in the center was designed by him as well as the lamps in the main lobby. Inspired by the crumpled papers he discarded on the floor while in the creative process of this project he designed the lamps to reflect this.
The center also houses the Maria Puck Cafe, named for Wolfgang's mother.
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