The below video includes Gehry speaking and shows how he drove the team to improve the design. It also walks you through what they refer to as a “fantasy land” in the overall concept. It’s a must watch to fully understand all of the components of this amazing community they have built.
There are a couple different design palettes. Pictured above is the “LA”. The “London” features a similar layout and work surfaces but uses darker wood on the island and cabinets. The cabinets actually look metallic.
Fact: No two apartments in the building are exactly the same. Each one is a custom piece of architecture and design.
Fact: Apple is moving their London headquarters into the office park. src How convenient would it be to just walk out of your apartment and across the promenade to work in the morning?
Fact: In 1949 Frank Gehry changed his name from Ephraim Goldberg to Frank Gehry. When in school Ephraim Goldberg was beaten and taunted by classmates for being Jewish. Ephriam and his wife changed their surname so that their two daughters wouldn't be bullied too. Gehry has been quoted numerous times saying he regrets the decision.
The checkered history of the power plant is an interesting story in and of itself. It gives you an appreciation for how they were able to fully convert the property and existing building into a modern architectural marvel. Learn some history here.