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Frank Gehry’s $100M West Side IAC Building: ‘Oddly Tame’

If you’ve driven along the West Side Highway lately, chances are you’ve seen the nearly-complete IAC Building, architect Frank Gehry‘s first New York structure and $100 million home to Barry Diller‘s IAC empire, a 10-story glassy outcropping between 18th and 19th streets.

The project has architecture critics and Gehry heads — like Brad Pitt — all atwitter. But not everyone is impressed. Take, for instance, the NYT‘s Nicolai Ouroussoff, who says “it may qualify as the most blandly corporate space Gehry has created”:

The building … feels oddly tame. For those who have followed Gehry’s creative career, these easy, fluid forms are a marked departure from the complex, fragmented structures of his youth. Rather than mining rich new creative territory, Gehry seems to be holding back. The results — almost pristine by Gehry’s standards — suggest the casual confidence of an aging virtuoso rather than the brash innovation of a rowdy outsider.

We’re not sure this part of Ouroussoff’s review is considered bad, though may not be what Diller had hoped his 75-year-lease would cover: “Forms pull apart to suggest a hiked dress or gently parting legs.”

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