I just finished watching a video on the design process of Frank O. Gehry, the amazing architect. I felt he confirmed my thinking and pushed me to ponder the process and take it further. I suppose it is my theatre background, but the way I begin a project is to ask: When I walk into the space for the first time, how do I feel? How does this environment make me feel? That is a very difficult question to answer. But I think to have a truly successful design, you must, as a designer, answer it. In that sense, it is a little like set design. Accept in set design, the director tells you how he wants it to make you feel. Your job is to bring that to a visual answer.
Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum – Bilao, Spain…..magnificent, soaring, elegant, full of joy! And isn’t there a touch of humor. I think so. To be able to take the time and let a design develop and go through the design process as it should, is rare in our business. Perhaps I will have a client that is that eager to build something special, perhaps this next year.