Blowhard, Esq. writes:
One of the objections I hear constantly to traditional buildings is that they’re too expensive compared to the glass-and-steel variety. “Do you realize how much it costs for all that custom masonry and sculpture?” they say. So, let’s play a game of Guess The Cost. Below are three buildings: Gehry’s Louis Vuitton in Paris (opened 2014), David Schwarz’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville (opened 2006, seats 1,844), and Cesar Pelli’s Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County, CA (opened 2008, seats 2,000). Match each to the following construction costs: $120 million, $143 million, and $240 million.
Congrats if you guessed the Gehry at $143m, the Schermerhorn at $120m, and the Pelli at $240m. Yup, the wavy glass one on the right cost double the neoclassical one in the middle. Of the Gehry LV, Wikipedia says the sails are “made of 3,584 laminated glass panels, each unique and specifically curved to fit the shapes drawn by the architect.” Custom glass don’t come cheap, folks.