MIT sues Gehry, renowned architect of daring $300m Stata Center – The Boston Globe:
Robert Campbell, an architect who is a critic for the Globe, said it is inevitable that there will be problems in any unconventional building like the Stata Center, which has roofs colliding at different, odd angles. “It looks like something out of a Disney cartoon,” Campbell said. “It’s really quite pleasurable and people like it, but it does involve some risks in that it’s impossible to keep it from leaking.”
The result, Campbell said, helped to break up the monotony of a street of concrete buildings. “Because he’s so daring, you figure you’ve got to be daring, too, if you’re a client,” Campbell said. “You know if you hire Frank Gehry there are going to be new kinds of problems.” But he said clients accept the risks because “they’ll get a building like no other building.”
If by “like no other building” you mean “one you can’t actually use for the purpose you built it for”, then yeah.
But ultimately justifications like this are crap. A really good architect, in contrast to an expensive poser, delivers the aesthetic goods without compromising the quality of the structure. The looks-cool-from-a-distance thing is for Trading Spaces.