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Interior of Postmodernism: Style and Subversion Exhibition at the V&A Museum. Photo: Dezeen

Gehry House, by Frank Gehry, Santa Monica. Photograph featured in V&A Postmodernism Exhibition. Photo: Quintin Lake

My photo of  Frank Gehry’s Santa Monica house is printed alongside other icons of  deconstructionist architecture by Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. The curators were keen to include Gehry’s residence as it symbolizes an “early venture in bricolage and the postmodern”. The house built in 1978 represented the first and radical steps of Deconstructivist movement in architecture more info and photos on the building.

My personal sentiments on postmodernism which developed as an architecture student are encapsulated by Alastair Sooke who wrote in the Telegraph

Charles Jencks, the architectural theorist credited with inventing the term “postmodernism”, once pointed out that what is exciting and avant-garde one moment tends to feel like old hat the next. No doubt he is right: younger generations often berate the immediate past to assert their own identity. Even so, walking through the V&A’s new exhibition, which traces the rise and fall of postmodernism across different disciplines during the Seventies and Eighties, I was tempted to ask: has there ever been a more irritating movement in the history of art and design?”

Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990
24 September 2011 – 15 January 2012 at V&A South Kensington info

Counselling Center (Hejmdal) Danish Cancer Society at dusk, Aarhus, Denmark. Architect: Gehry Partners, LLP. Engineer: Søren Jensen Rådgivende Ingeniørfirma. Photo: Quintin Lake

Interior view looking up to roof apex of of 45x45cm solid Douglas Fir members and steel junction. Photo: Quintin Lake

This building which opened in 2009 inspired by the Maggie’s Centres in the UK is the Danish Cancer Society’s first new non-institutional counselling centre. The new counselling centre known as Hejmdal or Cancer Patients House is designed by Architect Gehry Partners & Engineer Søren Jensen. The project is a renovation of an existing 1908 building, designed by the Danish architect Rudolf Clausen, which serves as a gateway to the Aarhus Hospital campus.

The design maintains the existing historic house walls and windows and inserts two new floor levels above the expanded lower level of the house. These floors are supported independently from the existing exterior walls creating an uninterrupted space, or canyon, allowing natural light from the new glass roof to reach all levels of the house.

The preservation of the existing masonry facades is achieved by the use of 45x45cm solid Douglas Fir members for both the new glazed new roof and a highly unusual timber structure inserted into the building posed significant engineering challenges.

These photos were commissioned by the engineering firm of the project: Søren Jensen 

Like Gehry’s Architecture?  See my photographs of his home and the first deconstructivist building  Gehry House in Santa Monica, LA and his later Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA

VIEW MORE / BUY PRINTS / LICENSE IMAGES of Hejmdal – Cancer Patients House, Aarhus, Denmark by Gehry Partners here >>

Photography  © Quintin Lake, 2011

Facade I. Detail of the stainless steel facade of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA. Photo: Quintin Lake

Facade II. Detail of the stainless steel facade of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA. Photo: Quintin Lake

Facade III. Detail of the stainless steel facade of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA. Photo: Quintin Lake

The subtle abstract quality of the matte stainless steel panels as they catch the light is what struck me the most about Frank Gehry’s celebrated and much photographed Deconstructivist Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles built in 2003. Originally, one portion of the building featured highly polished panels; however, these were dulled in 2005 due to heat reflection problems in nearby buildings. See images of the Gehry House, LA from 1978 where his experiments with deconstructivism in architecture began.

See more photos of details, facade elevations and complete views of the building here >>

Gehry House at Santa Monica, California, designed by Frank Gehry. built in 1978 this was his first ‘Deconstructivist’ Building. Photo: Quintin Lake

Frank Gehry’s house built in 1978 in Santa Monica represented the first and radical steps of Deconstructivist movement in architecture. Gehry took his seemingly ordinary house in Santa Monica and began changing things in incredibly strange ways. He took a step beyond the playful reworkings of Postmodern architecture, where traditional design symbols were reinterpreted, and instead starting using materials and strategies few applied to architectural projects at the time. Gehry started by tearing the drywall off of interior walls to expose structural studs buried in the old house, then subtracted and added architectural elements seemingly without a coherent plan throughout the building. He added chain link and plywood to the exterior. His transformations were responses to various impulses and were allowed to coexist without a clear rhyme or reason, flying in the face of both Modernism and Postmodernism – designs from which were typically justified in terms of some kind of central concept. This house was the start of Gehry’s freestyle architectural expression which has culminated in recent times in his most well known buildings the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.


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