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September 8, 2005

Frank Gehry building to be demolished


No joke: the University of California at Irvine (UCI) plans to tear down the 17,800–square–foot Gehry building.

Built at a cost of $2 million, the structure was completed in 1986, just 19 years ago.

Richard G. Demerjian, the director of campus and environmental planning for UCI, said, in yesterday's New York Times story, "Leaking roofs, failing ventilation systems and dry rot are among its afflictions."

I'm sure this came as less than welcome news to the folks who put up Gehry's $120 million titanium–clad Guggenheim Museum (above and below) in Bilbao, Spain.


Even Gehry's reputation as one of the world's most revered architects may not be able to save the Irvine building from destruction in the near future.

September 8, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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Pity they won't sell it to a private developer. It would make one hellavu cool nightspot.

Posted by: ScienceChic | Sep 8, 2005 6:47:18 PM

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