‘Starchitect’ lends his hand to build brighter future for at-risk youth
Famed LA architect Frank Gehry is putting his vision to work for charity, donating his services to the Chidren’s Institute, Inc., a Los Angeles resource center for at-risk youth. Gehry, whose modern architectural works of wonder incorporate complex geometric designs, will be putting his skills to use for kids in need by designing a new, permanent, two-acre campus for the Children’s Institute.
The Children’s Institute, located in Watts, offers mental health services, family counseling, education, childcare services and family support for children who have experienced trauma and violence in their lives. Gehry will design new facilities that include rooms for individual and group counseling, indoor and outdoor spaces for after-school activities, as well as facilities for early childhood education programs and childcare. The new Children’s Institute will allow the non-profit services center to expand to offer youth and family support services to about 5,000 more families in need.
The new CI facilities will bring hope, resources and innovative designs to the residents of Watts. Gehry’s characteristic modern, complex designs will provide a respite in a long-neglected and rarely redeveloped area of Los Angeles. The new Children’s Institute facilities will be on the site of CI’s existing interim facility, located at 1522 E. 102nd Street, near 103rd Street and Compton Avenue. Design firm (fer) Studio (fer stands for form environmental research), based in Inglewood, California, will work with Gehry as the executive architect on the project. Fundraising for the new facilities has already begun, with several major donations made so far.
Gehry, deamed “the most important architect of our age” by Vanity Fair, is renowned for his innovative, modern designs employing complex geometric shapes. His modern architectural masterpieces include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, a stunning building featuring an explosion of sleek, curved lines and rounded geometric shapes, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, which marries rectangular and curved geometric shapes in a visual feast of innovative, modern design.
Gehry’s newest pieces will soon begin taking shape at the Children’s Institute.