Las Vegas may be the number one gambling and decadence destination, but this city also has unique cultural attractions that are often overlooked. There are people that travel to Las Vegas just to do things like visit Chinatown, tour museums and do some antique shopping. Some people do culinary tours of Las Vegas and a few years ago there was a group that actually visited every gourmet cupcake shop in the entire valley. There are also people that only make a trip to Las Vegas just to see the wide variety of modern architectural styles. Going off the Las Vegas Strip is like browsing a history book of architectural styles that range from the early 1900s through the modern contemporary period of the 1960s and beyond.
Las Vegas has many modern buildings that cause people to scratch their head while wondering how such a complex structure was built. This reaction definitely applies to the Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health on West Bonneville Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. I honestly have seen people stand across the street at the Prime Outlet Mall and stare at this odd looking building in disbelief. Droves of visitors take photos of the Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center everyday and the reason why is easy to understand. There simply is no other architectural design like this anywhere else on earth!
Weird, strange and bizarre are descriptions that are overheard from onlookers that see the Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center for the first time. Those who are in the construction business simply stare at this modern architectural masterpiece with a smile on their face, because being involved with such an interesting construction project is like a dream come true. Architects worldwide visit the Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health too. This building was designed by the legendary architect Frank Gehry, so a visit to this place can be compared to studying the architectural works of Frank Lloyd Wright, who was far ahead of his own time. Frank Gehry accomplished a difficult surrealistic theme when he designed the Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health and this building truly is a work of art.
The photos date back to just after construction began on the Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center back in 2009. In fact, I was living nearby when this site was just an empty lot. At that time, I used to catch a city bus to work across the street at the Clark County Government Center, which is a marquis example of modern Southwestern desert architecture in itself. While sitting at the bus stop each week, I watched the weird looking building across the street take shape, piece by piece. The sight was interesting to say the least!
When visiting Las Vegas, taking the time to do a little architectural sightseeing tour is well worth the effort. The World Market Center, Prime Outlet Mall, Clark County Government Center and the Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center can all be found in the same general area, so there is plenty to see and do. For fans of great architecture, each of these neighboring buildings offers grand architectural designs that are well worth checking out. By far, the surrealist looking Cleveland Clinic-Lou Ruvo Center takes the cake for being one of the most interesting building designs on earth!
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