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Red face Oh My God, Gehry 5-star Hotel In Lehi Is True!!!!

So if anyone has read the utah valley thread this morning will know that this past week there was been word that Frank Gehry could be building a 5-star hotel in Lehi that could be utah's new tallest building.


Well the rumors are true....

Here is a news paper report on this project,


GRACE LEONG - Daily Herald
Cabela's may have placed Lehi on the map for outdoor enthusiasts, but a project designed by America's architect du jour Frank Gehry could place the city on the world stage.

To be announced Friday, the mixed-use project -- which includes high-end shopping and restaurants, a wakeboard lake, a five-star hotel and convention center, and a residential community -- is the brain child of Brandt Andersen, the 29-year-old majority owner of the NBA Development League for Utah and software entrepreneur.

The project will be located on Andersen's 85-acre property on the east side of Interstate 15 south of Point of the Mountain and north of Cabela's and the proposed Terrace at Traverse Mountain lifestyle center in Lehi. It will be unveiled in its entirety on Jan. 31.

"This is Gehry's first project in Utah," Andersen told the Daily Herald on Wednesday. "If you look at Gehry's projects across the world and the projects he's now working on, he's arguably one of the most creative minds of our time, a complete genius. He designs not around what he loves. He designs with the environment, the surrounding atmosphere and historical features in mind."

The creative mind behind the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, and The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Gehry challenges conventional definitions of space and structure in aesthetics and architecture. In 1989, Gehry was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, deemed the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for architecture, said Bill Miller, a professor of architecture with the University of Utah.

Some critics describe Gehry as a master of deconstructivism -- the post-modern movement his work appears to personify but which he disavows any association with, according to Wikipedia.

Pending city approval, construction is scheduled to begin this summer. When completed, the project is expected to generate between 500 and 1,000 new jobs, Andersen said.

"With Thanksgiving Point, Cabela's and now a Gehry-designed development, this is making Lehi a major focus of activity that no one, 15 years ago, could have imagined," said Miller.

"It's like having the Salt Lake Public Library designed by Moshe Safdie," he said. "Doing great architectural work doesn't always have to be in Los Angeles or New York. Small towns are places where you can do interesting buildings. And in this case, this is an interesting project by a forward-thinking developer and a world-renowned architect."

Miller declined to speculate on how the mixed-use project will look.

"But it'll be like Frank Gehry meets Park City log and stone. It won't look like a very large Park City house, but will be more iconic and have a wider range of expression," he said. "Gehry designed housing complexes in Los Angeles early in his career and also designed the Santa Monica Place, a shopping mall. This project will bring his range of experiences together."

Gehry's style is very idiosyncratic and personal, Miller said. "He has developed a direction of architectural expression that yields these unique power forms that are very expressive sculpturally. He's concerned with surfaces, technology and uses a lot of metal because of the sinuous surfaces he creates."

"Utah is not well known for its architectural stature. Gehry will, with our help, create something that will stand as an architectural icon for our state," Andersen said.

In 1999, Andersen founded uSight, a Provo developer of e-Commerce software for small businesses. In 2004, the company was ranked the nation's second-fastest growing privately held company by Inc. Magazine, and a part of uSight was later sold to Kansas City-based NMR Inc. Andersen also was the youngest CEO to make the Inc. list. A Brigham Young University communications graduate, he is the general partner and owner of The Lakes at Sleepy Ridge in Orem.

Ultimately, a Gehry-designed project will be a big traffic generator, Miller said.

"Architecture is a commodity today," Miller said. "Why do major civic institutions go to signature architects? Because they want the power that architect brings to the building. People will come to see the buildings, whether they like it or not. We visit them because it's done by important architects and designers and it shows how they realize their thinking. It helps raise consciousness to see there's life beyond the shopping mall, the normal."




Ok so the announcement is on Friday ( Tomorrow ) for sure with a even bigger announcement to come by the end of this month. This is huge people! This project could be just as BIG as the "City Creek Center" project in downtown Salt Lake City. So therefor I'm giving this Gehry 5-star hotel project it's very own thread.


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People, this is HUGE!!!!!!!!! I can't begin to tell you what I think this will do for the entire Wasatch Front. We talk and talk about whether we will get a Neiman's soon or a W hotel downtown. This is the kind of a project that will put the Wasatch in to a major, "Upscale Spotlight." In Los Angeles, Gehry's Disney Hall has helped to generate a huge multi-billion dollar rennaisance machine downtown. THIS IS ALMOST AS EXCITING AS THE CITY CREEK CENTER!!!!!!!!!!!
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What exactly is the animal that the banana is riding in that emoticon? hahaha

Sounds pretty exciting. What hotel brands would you like to see them woo?
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[QUOTE=shrek05;2572304]What exactly is the animal that the banana is riding in that emoticon? hahaha=QUOTE]

Its a soulsucker...REEEEEEAAA
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Quote:Shrek05,
Sounds pretty exciting. What hotel brands would you like to see them woo?



That's what I was just wondering. What would you think? Let's see,there's three five star's under construction right now. Two in Park City, and one next to Lake Powell. We still don't have a Ritz and this could be it. I think local homeboy/billionaire,(Marriott) owns the Ritz chain. I don't have the foggiest! Somebody give us some help. Maybe kpexpress knows. If not tomorrow, I imagine they will announce it on the 31st.
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What exactly is the animal that the banana is riding in that emoticon? hahaha=QUOTE]

Its a soulsucker...REEEEEEAAA
I don't know, but it makes me laugh everytime when I see it. It also brings the kid out in me, like when I saw Star Wars for the first time.
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And groundbreaking on the hotel could be this summer!!!
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And groundbreaking on the hotel could be this summer!!!
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If we could put sound to this thread, ........RAWHIDE would work
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Thumbs up Superstar Architect, One day to D-day!!!!!!!!!




A Tale of Two Urban Plans
Architecture

By JAMES GARDNER
January 16, 2007


Frank Gehry's the Sails in Chelsea (right, photo credit: Konrad Fiedler), and his Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles (left, photo credit: Allan Barnes). In Los Angeles, architects and buildings have the necessary room to dream, James Gardner writes. There has always been robust competition between New York and Los Angeles. Or more precisely, between New Yorkers and ex-New Yorkers, since many Angelenos originated in the city which they now reject with all the fervor of a convert to a new creed. That being so, one might expect that, in regard to these two latitudinal antipodes of America, there would be energetic competition in the matter of architecture as well. And yet that is not the case. Among those New Yorkers who care about things architectural, the serious competition has been coming out of Chicago, rather than points farther west, for the past century or so. And though Los Angeles does possess architecture — it is, after all, a city — you don't have the impression that the majority of its citizens care greatly about their buildings, and surely these do not enter materially into any assessment of the Angelenos' municipal identity. Indeed, the argument could be made that venturing out West in the first place was in large measure a rejection of architecture, especially those big agglomerations of it that usually define a city.

In part this has to do with the respective origins of each city. New York, a few centuries older than Los Angeles, represents the organic evolution of a trading post that grew and grew until eventually it encompassed the whole of Manhattan and beyond. And though its progress above 14th Street was influenced by the central planning of a grid, promulgated back in 1811, there has always been something higgledy-piggledy about its development, with the all-powerful real estate market dictating its progress.

Los Angeles, by contrast, was scarcely on the map before 1900. What put it there was the movie business, and what caused it to expand exponentially was the automobile — as opposed to New York, whose growth was determined, after the Civil War, by elevated trains and then the subway.

But the nature of Los Angeles's expansion was entirely different from New York's. The conceptual premise of Los Angeles was the Garden City so dear to turnof-the-century urbanists like Ebenezer Howard and his disciple Lewis Mumford. In what would one day become better known as suburbia, the Garden City aspired to redeploy the urban population into a mass of green plots, each with enough lawn in front of it to give home-owners the feeling that they were in nature. That was in part the ideal of Robert Moses as well. This long-time commissioner of New York City's parks elevated the automobile to an almost sacramental status, conveying people from their green patches in suburbia to their office towers in Midtown. The result was, in varying degrees, a disaster.

Nevertheless, the consequence of this two-track evolution was that the defining architectural fact of New York was the building, in a multiplicity of vertical forms, while that of Los Angeles was the private home, a largely horizontal affair. And a further consequence was that, whereas New York, and especially Manhattan, is perhaps the most pedestrian friendly urban center in the world, few cities are as antagonistic to the pedestrian as Los Angeles. Locomotion there is so much the province of the automobile that mass transit scarcely exists.

The architectural style of Los Angeles is largely determined by such circumstances. Lateral expansion on the mainland, as opposed to vertical expansion on an island, results in an air of greater freedom from regulations and from citizen groups. Whereas everything in New York is regulated to the hilt, in ways that are often fatal to imaginative architecture, in Los Angeles structures and architects have room to breathe and dream. It is no accident that Frank Gehry — the most famous of Los Angeles's architects — could build his warped titanium Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. This enormity, which served as the template for his Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, would have been unimaginable in New York, where Mr. Gehry's one completed structure to date, the Sails, on 18th Street and 11th Avenue, is a far tamer and inferior product.

Half a mile south of the Sails stands Richard Meier's one completed project in New York, three residential towers on Perry and Charles streets. Though well turned out, they are far less bold and imaginative than his Getty Museum, even though that very different project is itself far from perfect. It would seem then that there is a kind of gravitational drag that weighs down on architects in New York that is not present in Los Angeles.

This is especially true as regards the private home, a building typology with little or no relevance to New York City. Here again, Mr. Gehry is a representative example, above all in one of his early works, the deconstuctivist house he built for himself out of chicken wire, corrugated aluminum, and cinder blocks that first earned him the international reputation he enjoys today. For such an architectural act, there is no equivalent and there can never be an equivalent, in the city of New York.



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^^ Interesting.

I don't know if it will be a Ritz because they tend to have a similar style and not innovative/newe liek Gehry goes for. I actually think W Hotel would be a good fit. Maybe a JW Marriott or Morgans Hotel...too many options.
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So if anyone has read the utah valley thread this morning will know that this past week there was been word that Frank Gehry could be building a 5-star hotel in Lehi that could be utah's new tallest building.


The project will be located on the east side of Interstate 15 south of Point of the Mountain and north of Cabela's and the proposed Terrace at Traverse Mountain lifestyle center in Lehi. It will be unveiled in its entirety on Jan. 31.

"If you look at Gehry's projects across the world and the projects he's now working on, he's arguably one of the most creative minds of our time, a complete genius. He designs not around what he loves. He designs with the environment, the surrounding atmosphere and historical features in mind."

The creative mind behind the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, and The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Gehry challenges conventional definitions of space and structure in aesthetics and architecture. In 1989, Gehry was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, deemed the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for architecture, said Bill Miller, a professor of architecture with the University of Utah.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer. When completed, the project is expected to generate between 500 and 1,000 new jobs, Andersen said.

"With Thanksgiving Point, Cabela's and now a Gehry-designed development, this is making Lehi a major focus of activity that no one, 15 years ago, could have imagined," said Miller.

"It's like having the Salt Lake Public Library designed by Moshe Safdie," he said. "Doing great architectural work doesn't always have to be in Los Angeles or New York. And in this case, this is an interesting project by a forward-thinking developer and a world-renowned architect."

"It'll be like Frank Gehry meets Park City log and stone. It won't look like a very large Park City house, but will be more iconic and have a wider range of expression," he said.

"Architecture is a commodity today," Miller said. "Why do major civic institutions go to signature architects? Because they want the power that an architect brings to the building. People will come to see the buildings, whether they like it or not. We visit them because it's done by important architects and designers and it shows how they realize their thinking. It helps raise consciousness to see there's life beyond the shopping mall, the normal."


"It'll be like Frank Gehry meets Park City log and stone." I can't wait to see the rendering of this baby.
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^^ Interesting.

I don't know if it will be a Ritz because they tend to have a similar style and not innovative/newe liek Gehry goes for. I actually think W Hotel would be a good fit. Maybe a JW Marriott or Morgans Hotel...too many options.
I was just checking and Voila. I didn't realize it, but the 5 star just completed by Gehry in Spain is a STARWOOD property.
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wrendog is friggin' giddy with excitement!
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LOL, SLC is so giddy he's out taking pics of the sight right now. I think we're going to have some of the plot pics here this evening.
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I love all this excitement..........first thing that came to mind, "I told you so."

I have seen a rough model (to scale) of the project, and I must say that when it hits the papers/web all you out there that have some extreme far out idea of what the project might look like (i.e. gehry meets log and stone of park city) will be shocked and surprised to see that the plans far exceeded all of your aspirations.

Hands down give props to Brandt, in the chaos of single-track-minded developers like Trophy Homes, Ivory Homes, etc. one man dares to create something with class and value, props to Brandt, the guys got style.

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LOL, SLC is so giddy he's out taking pics of the sight right now. I think we're going to have some of the plot pics here this evening.
Sorry to let you down delts, but I didn't get any pics of the site. Sure we went down there to Cabellas, but anything north of Cabellas are homes and hills. Not much room to built anything there. So I wasn't really sure where the site is. I would be net to see where this hotel will be built. be kind of weird to see all these one to two story homes and then having a highrise, tallest hotel building just next door.
Somehow I'm thinking it could be built south of Cabellas since there seems to be more flat open land there vs the north end.
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KP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So will there be some sort of conceptual tomorrow or on the 31st, OR WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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KP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So will there be some sort of conceptual tomorrow or on the 31st, OR WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't know. I will tell you what I see tomorrow, and if there is a model and it is made public, I will take some pictures and post if I am allowed to. His office is a few doors down from where I work so when he has the scale model there............I will see what I can do.
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For those of us who don't live in Utah...where's Lehi? and does anyone have photos of the proposed site?
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