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Gehry House
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Gehry House

Much has been written about the residence Frank Gehry designed for himself and his family, but nothing cuts through the verbiage like a look at the place in person. Gehry started in with a conventional Dutch Colonial Revival house from the early twentieth century and began building around it, leaving the original building peeking through the increasingly complex structure blossoming on all sides. The architect completed the majority of the work on what became known as his earliest Deconstructivist building in 1978, but continued tinkering after that and made a number of recent additions as recently as 1992.

The Gehry house featured a new design that stripped down much of the interior and added new exterior framing of wood clad in plywood, glass, corrugated metal, and chain-link fencing. As a result, the house has patio-like spaces creating a profound indoor-outdoor feel, as well as a sense of being perpetually under construction. This reflects Gehry’s fondness for designs that don’t feel finished, and serves as a source of frustration for some of his neighbors. Nonetheless, the Gehry residence has been hailed as an immensely influential building in the development of Deconstructivism and in changes in modern conceptions of art, architecture, and everyday life.

Caplin House
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Caplin House

With its curved roof that looks like a boat hull from the inside and a rolling wave from the outside, Frederick Fisher's first solo project is an homage to the nearby surf culture of Venice.
Kentucky Fried Chicken
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Kentucky Fried Chicken

In the late 1980s, Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee Jack Wilke wanted his location to have a design that paid tribute to the Googie architecture with playful, Deconstructivist design.