Say what you will about Frank Gehry's IAC building along the West Side Highway, but at least we can all admit that it's different, and, uh, has a lovely staircase. Now that the weird hunk of metal and glass is as much a part of the city as rats and cupcakes, it's funny to look at what might have been. Vanity Fair's website has a great slideshow of a bunch of early Gehry sketches and models for the site, including the boring clunker above. Yeesh, Frank, at least work for that paycheck, right? Also of note: It's fairly apparent that the first crop of sketches were doodled on a bar napkin after about 8 rounds of appletinis with Barry Diller.
· New York Gets Its Gehry [VF]