Frank Gehry offers pro bono design for LA childrens trauma centre

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Legendary architect Frank Gehry has designed a Los Angeles centre for children affected by violence, free of charge.

Gelila Assefa Puck who sits on the board of the trauma center for the Watts-based Children’s Institute Inc (CII) is a friend of Gehry and recruited him over lunch at the Hotel Bel-Air.

“We explained what the agency does and what we stand for and he gave me a handshake right there, offering to work pro bono,” said fashion designer Puck.

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“He cares very deeply about the community.”

Gehry (pictured centre), who was assisted by his colleagues Precious Aiyeloja (left) and his son Sam (right) said: “The people whom I met from CII made an impression on me of their commitment and deep feelings about the children that they could help with this facility.

“It was without hesitation that I said yes.”

His design features a series of two-storey, garden-surrounded buildings which echo the modest scale of the neighborhood, their shiny roofs the only Gehry-esque flamboyant note.

“This building is not fancy but has all of my heart and soul in it. I worked hard to make spaces for the kids and families that would use it so that they would feel special,” said Gehry

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