Frank Gehry's famous architecture is spread out all over the world, but the reluctant "Starchitect" of the deconstructivism movement makes Santa Monica his actual home, and as a result his work is scattered here and there throughout the city.
But despite this saturation of his work in the Venice Beach/Santa Monica area, one of his buildings tends to stand out more than the others, mostly because of its unusual entrance.
Serving as the access point to the organic, tree-like Gehry building for both cars and pedestrians is a giant set of binoculars resting on their lenses. The binoculars, which were designed by noted “giant random object” artist Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, create an arch with a lens firmly planted on each side of the entranceway to what was once an ad agency, and is part of roughly 100,000 sq. ft. of offices recently leased by Google.
Originally known as the Chiat/Day Building, the Binocular Building fits in well with Google's penchant for whimsical, creative structures for their offices. And of course, the cache that comes with having been designed by Frank Gehry doesn't hurt.