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Sketches of Gehry’s Spain (how’s that for making two jokes at once?)


We’d one day like to see Frank Gehry come to a press conference, sketches in hand, and say, “Okay, you know, I’ve just gotta try something new out.” After which, he hangs up a drawing and it’s just this big cube. Maybe not even any doors or windows on the thing. Just a huge cube. But today, well, that’s not going to happen, because Gehry is soon to open his second building in Spain, the Hotel Marques De Riscal. It couldn’t be more Gehry, with all sort of crazy metallic lines, and is the kind of thing you see a picture of and think, “Oh no, what happened?” Here’s some:

World renowned architect Frank Gehry catapulted onto the scene with his Guggenheim in Bilbao. The landmark museum set about a revival of the Basque city and is now one of the countries top attractions. Beginning in September, it loses the title of Spain’s only work by Gehry. That’s when the Hotel Marques De Riscal opens in the Rioja wine region. The hotel is classic Gehry, with layered steel and copper panels swirling around a central structure. The hotel will have 43 rooms with views of the surrounding vineyards and modern amenities and service provided by Starwood’s Luxury Collection. A rooftop bar and lounge will ready guests for gourmet delights at the restaurant which promises to be gastronomic delight.

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