Jorge Chapa

The New Gehry Residence in Los Angeles Sure is Shiny

by , 04/01/14

Frank Gehry McMansion, Gehry McMansion, Gehry Residence in Los Angeles, photoshopping art, copyright Jill Fehrenbacher

It is not often that an architecture master reinvents himself, but that is precisely what Pritzker Prize winning architect Frank Gehry has done. Gehry, who first won international recognition with his own residence, a masterpiece of post-modern architecture, has revealed what can only be described as the first post post post-modern architectural work, the New Gehry Residence, completely confounding both his critics and promoters alike.

The New Gehry Residence is located in Westwood, Los Angeles, and is the latest reinvention of Gehry’s signature architecture. The house, which seems to resemble your typical two story McMansion, has all the details that one would expect from his work, including lots and lots of shiny titanium. The odd shapes resting one on top of the other might seem, at first glance, to resemble a gable roof, but are in fact so complex, that it took NASA engineers, and a huge team of ARUP engineers, 6 months to make them work. “We couldn’t get them to work together” said one of NASA’s chief engineers. “When Frank asked us to have the larger shape be nested on top of the other two, we knew that this was going to be challenge.”

And as expected, the materials used in the construction of the building are extremely advanced, as only an architect of Gehry’s stature could muster. Large PVC-framed double glazed windows, gypsum plasterboard walls and an advanced timber framing system are all part of the new house. Of course, in reference to his most iconic work in Bilbao, Gehry has used titanium for the roof and siding materials.

If it appears that this is simply a McMansion clad in titanium, be assured, it is not. This is the work of a modern genius, an artist in his prime. The New Gehry Residence is a masterful adaptation of the architectural typological expression of the modern American homeowner. It expresses, both without any irony and by having a profound sense of modern causticness, the expression of contemporary urbanism. A critical look at the consumer expressionism of the spatial factors involved in the formal relationships of how the shapes simply seem as though they formed themselves. It is a simple, yet brilliant reinvention of the modern American house. It is a work of genius.

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26 Comments

  1. Nark267 April 1, 2014 at 11:42 am

    The difference between genius and lunacy is the amount of mediocrity that praises it.

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  3. AJ April 4, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    LOL…almost fell for this one!

  4. And the winner is…... April 2, 2008 at 11:58 pm

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  5. spacecadet April 2, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    A genius, an artist in his prime does not Diddle while we Sizzle. Enough already with the ego centric bumblings of the Leibskinds and Gearys of the profession (did I spell their names correctly, if not too bad).

    These GENUISES will finally be recognized as ARTISTS when they don the cape of the magnificent talents they were born with to become the SUPERHEROES we need to save this planet.

    And have you noticed the other angry sentiments here? I think I\’ve provided a hint as to the raeson for that.

  6. Gehry’s new home ... April 2, 2008 at 9:55 am

    [...] As re: the mansion, Inhabitat says: [...]

  7. rsd April 2, 2008 at 12:50 am

    it’s funny to read these within the context of april fools. some are fooled and other catch on. I felt sick when I first saw this thinking I just don’t get some things… then it hit me and I cry/laughed..

  8. didi April 1, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    when you earned a name and been awarded for a remarkable work…you have the all the freedom and license to make crazy architecture…and people will still accept it as a work of genius!!!….NOT! i liked his bilbao work…but when you see same stuff all over,,,,morphing to other stuff…it’s getting kinda creepy…next time you see a Water Closet Gehry series…hmmm…i wonder how it will look like….????

  9. butt munch April 1, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    its the car that gives the joke away….

  10. kinney April 1, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    i know what Post post modernism is… its the next new jam of architecture

  11. als0677 April 1, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Please tell me that this is an April Fool’s Day joke.

  12. Zembrodt April 1, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    wtf is post post modern? Gehry sucks.

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  14. Zembrodt April 1, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    wtf is Post post modern? Frank Gehry sucks.

  15. Mike Chino April 1, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Great post Jorge!
    I hear the building comes complete with a permanent built-in lens flare.

  16. nick April 1, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I think I saw that house with some other McMansions

  17. designisaverb April 1, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    THAT’s REALLLLLY BAD PHOTOSHOP!

  18. daiku April 1, 2008 at 11:58 am

    uhhng! for a moment, maybe a little longer ;) i thought you\’re serious. uff! happy april! :) :) :)

  19. archcello April 1, 2008 at 11:54 am

    For those who didn’t get it “ie: francojean23″ Check out the e-mail address and remember what today is. Lol This is to good.

  20. Brian Lang April 1, 2008 at 11:30 am

    April Fools!

  21. M2JL M2JL April 1, 2008 at 11:13 am

    LOL!

  22. learethak April 1, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Sad thing is… in spite of this most likely being an April first joke… I can easily see Gehry doing exactly this.

  23. eightdouble April 1, 2008 at 10:29 am

    how did gehry design this by his usual means of crumpling up paper cups and having his sycophantic assistants draft the plans?

    happy april first.

  24. mpk April 1, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Ha ha – good one.

  25. mikeyb66 April 1, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Looks horrible

  26. francojean23 April 1, 2008 at 9:27 am

    i fail to see the “reinvention” of this project…seems more than easily classified as gehry…i feel it less an adaptation of the “modern american house” (whatever that is supposed to mean) but more of a scale-down of his giant faulty non-functional projects…furthermore…how did this project end up on this website…as if anything about it is green and not environmentally wasteful…

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