The architectural disaster of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
There have been two very distinct comparisons to the building structure itself. The first is the melting cake comparison. Some observers thought that the building represented Nevada’s scorching heat. The building itself representing the hot weather in Las Vegas. Others see it as a metaphor for diseases of the brain, like the collapsing cerebellum in the stages of Alzheimer’s. Compared to the highlights of the strip, the crumbling and distorted building is still an architectural genius with or without symbolism. It is another attraction for people to be amazed at, just as the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty serves their purpose. I love this representation of the building and the purpose of the clinic. Those that believe it is a mockery of people with medical issues believe it scares patients with their illness. I believe the illness itself for those that have it are far more scared of the disease than the building’s structure.
In comparison to many buildings, there will always be criticism. Just as there was with architect Alexander Gustave Eiffel. Critic Charles Gounod wrote in the paper how monstrous the Eiffel Tower was on Paris. Once the tower was finished, the criticism burnt itself out, and the presence of the completed masterpiece was greeted with its success. This is a perfect example of what I think will happen to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. I believe many years from now, the criticism will die out, and this masterpiece will still be standing, waiting to be greeted with its success. Perhaps this is an example of a genius piece of work that is far more advanced for its time to be appreciated.