New World Center
Frank Gehry is the ultimate star-architect, a builder who has become his own genre. Though best known for the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Gehry's New World Center in Miami Beach attracted attention and praise when it was unveiled largely because it takes the Pritzker Prize-winning architect's crumpled deconstructivist style and grounds it with familiar, boxier shapes. The building, which houses a symphony and America's Orchestral Academy, is relatively simple except for the solid awning that seems to have slipped out of the body of the structure and hangs over sidewalk. Unlike Gehry's other works, the center is something of a compromise, a fact that actually makes it more interesting in a historical sense because it can actually be imitated. Tours of the building allow visitors to take in the voluminous inside of the hall on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.