MIT is suing Frank Gehry. The Strata Center has persistent leaks, drainage problems and mold growing on its brick exterior. It cost $300 million dollars to build in 2004 and Gehry was paid $15 million.
Former Boston University president John Silber had some choice words:
After learning of the lawsuit yesterday, Silber said Gehry “thinks of himself as an artist, as a sculptor. But the trouble is you don’t live in a sculpture and users have to live in this building.”
I don’t agree with Silber. If you don’t want a sculptural building, then don’t hire Frank Gehry. Now the water problems are another issue.
I admire the work of Frank Gehry as noted in my review of the American Masters television special. However, it seems like it was only a matter of time until one of his buildings lost the battle with Mother Nature. And it only took 3 years for the Strata Center to lose that battle. I hate to see the condition of Gehry’s other buildings 100 years from now.
Side note: I don’t want to see anybody pointing their fingers at Gehry’s assistants. He gets ALL the glory for his buildings and he should get all the blame when something goes wrong. It goes with the territory. He relies on his assistants enormously and should share the glory of his buildings with them, but he doesn’t.