The five-story complex of the Lou Ruvo Alzheimer's Institute is sponsored by Larry Ruvo, the most prominent alcohol wholesaler in Las Vegas ($ 60 million).
The ensemble will include concrete buildings for research laboratories and hospital wards, connected by glazed intermediate rooms. Such a juxtaposition should personify the double essence of brain activity - at the same time orderly and chaotic. A courtyard of 800 square meters will be built behind them. m for social events. It will be covered with "waves" of glass and steel, and the height of the hall will reach 7 meters. Next to it there will be an interactive "Museum of the Brain".
Frank Gehry called his project “the roaring mouse”, referring to its modest size (5100 sq. M.) And striking appearance.
The Institute will also house the headquarters of several public organizations working to combat diseases of the central nervous system.
Construction is planned for 2006-2008.
During the ceremony of introducing the project to the public, a charity auction was held for the right to receive a doghouse designed by Gehry. As a result, the price increased to $ 350,000, and instead of one house, two houses will be designed - for the big and small dogs, both of which are residents of Las Vegas. Before starting work on a project, the architect will visit the dog owners' homes to get an idea of their style, as well as get to know their furry customers.
Frank Gehry himself is a loving owner of two sharpei.