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Lou Ruvo Center by Frank Gehry- Las Vegas





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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19 comments:

Everton Terrace said...

Love the lighting fixtures. I'm visiting Seattle right now and I believe there is a Music Museum of some sort designed by Gehry. So impressive.

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Wow, that's pretty incredible. I bet it would be surreal. Very cool that you got to go there!

XO
Lenore

Mama Gone Green said...

awesome!

Bossy Betty said...

Love these! Thanks for sharing with us.

Michelle said...

This building is so odd looking to me, I guess I'll just never get over my love for Victorian structures. But very cool

sherri said...

I have always loved Gehry - how cool you got to tour this structure - it must have looked even more amazing in person. oh - and my e-mail i sent you, but in case you didn't get it is sherribcarter atbellsouth dot net

Silver Strands said...

The green & blue chairs are great - inviting!
xoxo
Denalee

Alisa said...

Looks like a fun place to visit!

Patricia said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and the reaction :)
It is nice to meet you too!!
Great architecture!
I'll come back...
Have a wonderful day!

Krystal said...

sooo neat that you got to tour it!

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

must be even better in person!
I always want a F Gehry cardboard chair~
xo

and flowers pick themselves said...

ooooh, so wicked cool! thanks for sharing, doll.

xo Alison

drollgirl said...

oh frank gehry. he/his staff have produced some pretty amazing stuff. but i used to have a friend that worked for him, and i have heard many terrible stories about that man. cringe!

ilovemyhouse said...

That's quite an exciting building.WoW!Thanks for sharing this, i never heard about him. XX

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Mr. Gehry’s work is always full of questions...

Thanks for this interesting post !

Pat Tillett said...

Amazing!
I'm going to have check this out and then go have some of that ice cream...
great post! I love posts with photos and narratives.

Clair said...

Amazing architecture. I look forward to seeing some of his work up close. Thank you for sharing these pictures of the Lou Ruvo Center. Clair

jgy said...

ooh this is lovely too, you have such a great taste...

Valarie said...

This is such a cool post. I love this architecture. I've never seen it before and I really like it.

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