LEED rankings 'bogus': Frank Gehry
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi designer slams green rating system
Award-winning architect Frank Gehry has slammed LEED certifications, claiming they are given for "bogus stuff" with costs that "don't pay back in your lifetime".
The Pritzker prize-winning architect, whose company is behind the design for the 450,000ft2 Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, made his comments at the annual Cindy Pritzker lecture in Chicago, after he was questioned by a journalist about his apparent disinterest in sustainable design.
When asked about green architecture and global warming, the 81-year-old architect said: “I think the issue is finally a political one”.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system awards points to buildings depending on their energy saving features. It has been criticised in the past because buildings are given points for add-ons such as bicycle racks.
“A lot of LEED is given for bogus stuff," Gehry said. Adding that the costs of making a green building are “enormous” and “don’t pay back in your lifetime.”
The new Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be located in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. The museum, the largest Guggenheim in the world, will have global art, exhibitions, and education programs with particular focus on Middle Eastern contemporary art.
Gehry's work also includes the Gary Player Saadiyat Beach Golf Course Clubhouse, Abu Dhabi due for completion in 2012-2013, and a best-known buildings include the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spanish Basque Country, Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, Experience Music Project in Seattle, Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic and the MARTa Museum in Herford, Germany.