Frank Gehry to design museum to honour famous buildings and trains

Architect Frank Gehry speaks at the 2010 Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, California, on April 27, 2010.
Architect Frank Gehry speaks at the 2010 Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, California, on April 27, 2010. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

BOSTON (NYTimes) - Frank Gehry has signed on to design a museum in North Adams, Massachusetts, that will feature models of trains running around famous buildings from the last 150 years.

The proposed project, called the Extreme Model Railroad And Contemporary Architecture Museum, will be a few blocks away from Mass MoCA, which recently completed its third phase of expansion.

It will cost an estimated US$65 million (S$88 million) and cover 83,000 sq ft.

The whole exhibit will be on one scale, with the roof of the building at least 12m high to allow room for skyscrapers.

The work of 71 prominent architects from around the world, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, will be featured.

Gehry, 88, has created a preliminary model of the building but has not developed the design yet. "I don't know what a model railroad museum should look like. It probably just needs to be a big warehouse, which I'm OK with," he said.

A few of his own buildings have also been chosen for the museum.

Gehry's track record includes the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.