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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: CURVES – bend it like Gehry

Hotel in Elciego, Spain

Hotel Marques de Riscal in Elciego, Spain.

Want to win an architecture award? Put a few curves into your design; those straight lines are so boring and someone else will deal with the problem of fitting square bookcases and wardrobes into the bendy walls.

If I sound a little cynical, I shouldn’t be. Frank Gehry’s buildings are a wonderful gift to us photographers and we’ve been lucky enough to see a few of them on our recent travels. So here’s my offering for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

What do you think of his work – genius or gimmick? Continue reading

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GEHRY’S ICONS – great for tourists, less great for locals?

Frank Gehry's lunchbags

Frank Gehry’s lunchbags

Sydney’s big story last week was about a crane which caught fire and collapsed on a construction site at the University of Technology, Sydney, crumpling the building below it. Fortunately nobody was hurt.

UTS will soon get a building which is supposed to look as if a crane has fallen on it, when Frank Gehry comes to town. Continue reading

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FRANK GEHRY’S EXTRAORDINARY HOTEL – Elciego, Spain

A great work of art or a blot on the landscape?



In a small Spanish village in the wine-growing area La Rioja, one building stands out.

Hotel Marques de Riscal is a Starwood hotel designed in 2006 by Frank O. Gehry, well known to Spaniards and architecture students for his work on Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum.
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SNAPSHOT(S) OF BILBAO

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, with Louse Bourgeois’s striking spider ‘Maman, 1999’ dominating the river bank.


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We still have much more to report on the US of A but it will have to wait for future blog posts. Because last weekend we flew back to Amsterdam, then almost straight on to Spain, where we’re preparing to tackle a few days on the Camino de Santiago.

First port of call was Bilbao, and naturally first port of call in Bilbao was the remarkable building that now immediately identifies the city. Continue reading

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