Saturday, May 7, 2011

Kelly Raines_Architecture Discussions

I chose Las Vegas’ The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry. I picked this building because the design is so different, and it’s amazing how he can get a building that typically is made up of straight lines to look so curvilinear. The way the shadows and sunlight play off of the titanium made building makes it stand out even more and gives the building a very distinct look. The Ruvo Center is located about a mile north of the casinos lining the Las Vegas Strip. The building officially opened on May 22, 2010. The Ruvo Center’s mission is dedicated to research on and the treatment of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and other neurological diseases. Gehry embraced this project after creating a strong rapport with Larry Ruvo, a liquor distributor who wanted to open a neurological research facility after watching his father struggle with Alzheimer’s. I think Gehry used the Vegas lifestyle and the purpose of the Ruvo Center as his inspiration for his design. The structure stands out and is bold and flashy, like the Las Vegas lifestyle. The structure is also curvilinear and complex looking, much like the human brain, and the many windows could signify looking into the human mind.

I chose Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fawcett House, located on an 80 acre farmland in Los Banos, California. The building was started in 1955 and completed in 1961, two years after he died. The Fawcett House is a historic ranch style home designed in the shape of a shallow “U” with the side wings of the house branching out at 120-degree angles. I chose this building because I like the openness of the building. The large windows allow a lot of sunlight into the building and you can get the feeling of being outside while remaining inside. I also like the roof structure at the one corner of the house; it’s pointed and stands out from the building. I think the outdoor s was Frank Lloyd Wright’s inspiration. I think he wanted to be able to see outside and enjoy nature and bring some of that inside the building. The mahogany wood windows, doors, trims, walls, and interior cabinetry used for this building also plays into that nature based feel. The location and building coincide nicely together and creates this scene of serenity and beauty.

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