The Evolution of Dynamicity in Architecture of Frank Gehry

  • Chuloh Jung
  • Nahla Al Qassimi
  • Jihad Awad


Innovative architect Frank O. Gehry had changed the practices of architecture with his avant-garde designs actualized with high-tech software. He has created extremely dramatic, unconventional, and twisted forms with very unorthodox materials. The objective of this paper is to extract the common denominator or vocabulary of the ‘sculpturesque’ dynamicity of Frank Gehry’s architecture through times. To provide an overview of Frank Gehry’s philosophy and design concept, the key aspect was extended to reality with the interaction during pop artist era in the early and mid-period alongside the advantage of design computation in later years. The expression of dynamicity was also evolved from tension and movement as the expression in fine art with respect to the combination of non-linearity, fractal, folding, and dynamic of colors combined with the technique of design computation, which includes reverse engineering and building information modelling. To extract these elements, the exploratory technique of research is applied. Establishing the desirability of the research, the literature and writings on Frank Gehry were analyzed based on longitudinal study with reference to his previous works and the verbal connotation of his reaction during the interview concerning his works. The result of the analysis is equated with his original way of design, observing his cutting-edge application through latest computation simultaneously. He had read the zeitgeist well and pushed the limit of his understanding of tectonics by using proper material for his projects such as platinum plate with high flexibility for economic feasibility to achieve the expression of next level dynamicity. Finally, Frank Gehry’s architecture, therefore, can be understood as the pioneer of new dynamicity in architecture without interpreting his works with deconstructionism philosophy.


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How to Cite
JUNG, Chuloh; AL QASSIMI, Nahla; AWAD, Jihad. The Evolution of Dynamicity in Architecture of Frank Gehry. International Journal of Advanced Research in Engineering Innovation, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 3, p. 18-30, sep. 2021. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 oct. 2021.