The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas was designed by architect Frank Gehry. (Mark Ralston/Getty)
It’s hard not to stop and take a closer look when you come across a Frank Gehry building like this boldly chaotic sculptural masterpiece, astonishing for its use in a healthcare setting. Having designed many healthcare interiors myself I was even more intrigued and knew I had to share. The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is located in Las Vegas and is very different than any clinic I have come across. I am sure you will say the same thing once you take a look at the photos. The building encompasses 60,265 square feet. Mr. Gehry had control over every square foot including furniture, artwork and lighting. Take a look at the way he developed this unique and extraordinary design for a healing environment.
Ruvo spent the early part of his career managing the Los Angeles Playboy Club, working at The Venetian Restaurant, Sahara Hotel and Caesars Palace Hotel. In 1970 with partner Steve Wynn he formed a liquor distributorship. That operation grew into Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada.
After the death of his father in 1994, Ruvo worked towards establishing a cognitive disease center, which resulted in his funding of the The Lou Ruvo Brain Institute.
Former President George W. Bush is given a tour of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Larry Ruvo on Feb. 10, 2010.