ZOOMORPHIC
Gehry Partners

Name of project
Vila Olimpica

Location
Barcelona
Country
Spain
Dates
1989 - 1992
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The Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry has long incorporated fish-like forms into his buildings. The fish has several meanings for Gehry. It reminds him of the carp his grandmother would serve at the Sabbath dinner, and it was a good shape to test the capabilities of the early software for computer-aided design. But above all, it serves as a self-imposed reminder to avoid boxy architecture.

The fish have become grander in Gehry's work over the years, developing from a sculptural element into large-scale engineering structures.