Learning from Frank Gehry ….Chapter 1 ,His Design Tools

From eliinbar’s Sketchbook  2011 Learning from Frank Gehry

What can we learn from Gehry’s design Process? 

He stars His design by scribbling a sketch that expresses the image of the building. (In the Disney’s Concert Hall his inspiration Sources were sails) 

Gehry’s Quote: ( from artquotes.net)

“I know I draw without taking my pen off the page. I just keep going, and that my drawings I think of them as scribbles. I don’t think they mean anything to anybody except to me, and then at the end of the day, the end of the project they wheel out these little drawings and they’re damn close to what the finished building is and it’s the drawing”


Frank Gehry Architect Disney Concert Hall preliminary sketches 

He continues developing the “Image of the building” with the aide of Models (Notice the amount of models in the back of the picture). 

Gehry’s Quote: ( from artquotes.net)

“I think my best skill as an architect is the achievement of hand-to-eye coordination. I am able to transfer a sketch into a model into the building”.

Frank Gehry Architect Disney’s Concert Hall models

The result of the design process is a Sculptural building . with an efficient floor plan. (Notice  the optimal match Configuration of the ground-floor to a concert hall)

Frank GehryArchitect  

 Disney Concert Hall typical Floor Plan

 Los Angeles California 1987-2003

                 Eliinbar sketches 2011 , Learning from Frank Gehry


What did I learn from Gehry’s design Process? 

1. Don’t be afraid to put your ideas on the paper  “Just do it”.. In later stages  of the planning ,you will notice the Influence of the sketches on  your design.. (Gehry’s preliminary sketches). 

2. Develop tools to analyze and “understand” how to realize your preliminary sketches (Gehry’s working models).

3. The “floor Plan” is an efficient tool to preserve the building’s initial “needs


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Thanks Martin for this picture ,of the built structure

9 Responses to “Learning from Frank Gehry ….Chapter 1 ,His Design Tools”

  1. An absolutely great post! Very inspiring and relevant to my work, too. Thanks!

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