Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

Photographer Matthew Carbone has sent us his photos of Frank Gehry's latest project, the recently-completed Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

The research centre for degenerative brain diseases is divided into two separate buildings connected by a courtyard.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

The first forms a jumble of swooping stainless-steel arcs and houses events spaces to rent.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

The second contains clinics and research facilities dedicated to preserving memory, and consists of white stacked boxes.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

All photographs are copyright Matthew Carbone.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

Here's some more information from the organisation behind the centre, Keep Memory Alive:


"Located at the intersection of I-15 and I-95 in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health holds the distinction of being the first organization to open for business in Symphony Park, the city’s 61-acre arts and science redevelopment program.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

Designed by Frank Gehry, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s facility is the perfect venue for accomplishing the organization’s two main goals:

  • Preserving memory: With both administrative offices and medical research and clinical operations, Keep Memory Alive and its medical partner, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, provide a full-service approach towards preserving memory.
  • Creating memories: Housed under an undulating stainless steel canopy, illuminated by natural light from 199 windows, our event space or Life Activity Center is available for rental—a truly unique space in which to host a wedding, bar mitzvah, business meeting, and create memories for your friends, family, and colleagues
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

While Gehry’s design incites varied reactions from observers, the one consistent response is a desire to come inside its walls and learn more. In this respect, the building is an unwavering marketing tool, driving awareness to the work conducted by those inside."

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

Gehry deftly manipulates space and materials to create stunning structures that captivate the imagination. His design of Keep Memory Alive’s headquarters at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has been nothing short of remarkable. The Gehry teams have created a masterpiece of architectural design, blending strong visual impact with superior efficiency in patient care.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

Gehry wanted to create a place in Las Vegas that will be memorable.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

He explains, “The mantra is Keep Memory Alive. I’m trying to make a building that people will want to visit, remember, talk about, and enjoy, and ultimately will want to partner with us at the Center to help cure some of the neurodegenerative diseases.”

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

Gehry is putting a lot of his own heart into the building, and acknowledges a personal connection.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

The wife and three brothers-in-law of Dr. Milton Wexler, Gehry’s longtime analyst and friend, were stricken with Huntington’s disease, a devastating neurological affliction that is now supported by Keep Memory Alive.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

For roughly 35 years, the architect has served on the board of Wexler’s Hereditary Disease Foundation, established to study Huntington’s, which is why this project with Keep Memory Alive is so close to Gehry’s heart.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

Gehry’s design of the Center will be the focal point of the new 61-acre Symphony Park arts and science development in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, and will undoubtedly be a lasting signature for the master architect.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry

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