Picture the billowing, sail-like lines of his Guggenheim Bilbao or Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, and it’s perhaps not surprising to learn that architect Frank Gehry is a lifelong yachtsman. Yet it was only last year that he designed a craft of his own. The 74-foot wooden sailboat Foggy 2.0 (playfully inspired by the initials of his name, Frank Owen Gehry) is characteristically Gehry, with titanium details and distinctive wavy patterns incorporated into the structure.
FRANK GEHRY AT THE HELM OF THE FOGGY 2.0.
“On a boat like this, it’s about romance and romantic encounters,” says Gehry. Built in collaboration with the Argentine naval architect Germán Frers for the New York property mogul Richard Cohen, the regatta-winning boat can now be chartered for a six-hour trip with a captain and crew, or used to host docked events with on-board catering. To set sail or go aboard requires a $100,000 donation to Turnaround Arts, a federal initiative in the US that brings arts education to under-resourced schools, in which Gehry takes a particular interest.
THE FOGGY 2.0.
In his creation of the yacht, Gehry follows in a tradition of aquatically-minded master builders such as Sir Norman Foster, John Pawson and the late Zaha Hadid, all of whom designed luxury watercraft. And so from water, where does Gehry go? Perhaps up in the air. When recently asked what he would like to design next, the forward-thinking architect replied: “A spaceship!”
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