Bruce Goff: sketches and animated renderings

Pencil sketch of building
Interior perspective of the ’Ignacio Perez House’ by Bruce Goff, 1953, All images are courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago and will be on show at ’Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind’ at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art from 9th October to 2nd January 2011
(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

Somewhat sidelined in his day, yet now cited as an influence by the likes of Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, Bruce Goff is finally getting his moment - albeit posthumously. The expressionist devotee of the 'found' object and pioneer of the organic ornament, Goff was also director of the school of architecture at the University of Oklahoma (OU), which is about to stage a major exhibition of his work. This October its Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art is hosting a survey of the architect's never-built or subsequently destroyed projects, using images, models, and the latest 3D rendering technology to bring them to life.

With Goff's original drawings as their chief resource, Skyline Ink Animation Studios have created virtual tours of some of Goff's most staggering projects, which are seen here for the first time.

Animated tour around Garvey House

(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

Take an animated tour around Garvey House

Realising Goff's designs in amazing detail, these short films will be screened on three walls at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art, giving viewers an immersive take on Goff's world.

Joe Price studio come to life

(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

See Joe Price studio come to life

The exhibition will also include a tour of Ledbetter House, one of Goff's most astonishing projects (see our October issue, W*139) and currently home to the museum's director, Ghislain d'Humières. Using old photographs, original paint samples found in the basement and his own collection of mid-century furniture, d'Humières and Los Angeles-based interior designer Paul Raubertas have restored the house to its 1940s glory for the exhibition.

Presentation and design drawings for Bavinger, Gene and Nancy, House, 1950-1951

Presentation and design drawings for Bavinger, Gene and Nancy, House, 1950-1951, by Bruce Goff, showing the north elevation with the suspension bridge over the ravine

(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

The Rodin, Sydney H & Geri, House, 1960-1961, by Bruce Goff

The Rodin, Sydney H & Geri, House, 1960-1961, by Bruce Goff

(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

Presentation and design drawings for the ’Crystal Chapel’ at the University of Oaklahoma, 1949

Presentation and design drawings for the ’Crystal Chapel’ at the University of Oaklahoma, 1949 (not built), by Bruce Goff. Delineator, Herb Greene

(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

Ground floor plans for the ’Crystal Chapel’ at the University of Okalahoma, 1949

Ground floor plans for the ’Crystal Chapel’ at the University of Okalahoma, 1949 (not built), by Bruce Goff. Delineator, Herb Greene.

(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

Perspective view of the ’Viva’ casino and hotel, Las Vegas, 1961, by Bruce Goff

Perspective view of the ’Viva’ casino and hotel, Las Vegas, 1961, by Bruce Goff

(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

Joe Price studio, No 1, showing the perspective with bridge, 1953-1954, by Bruce Goff

Joe Price studio, No 1, showing the perspective with bridge, 1953-1954, by Bruce Goff

(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

Interior Perspective of Joe Price studio, Number 1, 1953-1954, by Bruce Goff

Interior Perspective of Joe Price studio, Number 1, 1953-1954, by Bruce Goff

(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

The aerial perspective of John Garvey house, 1954, by Bruce Goff

The aerial perspective of John Garvey house, 1954, by Bruce Goff

(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

Presentation drawing for the ’Cowboy Hall of Fame’ competition in Okalahoma, 1956, by Bruce Goff

Presentation drawing for the ’Cowboy Hall of Fame’ competition in Okalahoma, 1956, by Bruce Goff

(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

The Liberty Street elevation view of the ’First National Bank’, Missouri, 1970, by Bruce Goff

The Liberty Street elevation view of the ’First National Bank’, Missouri, 1970, by Bruce Goff.

(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

The ’Pi Lambda Phi’ fraternity house, 1955, by Bruce Goff

The ’Pi Lambda Phi’ fraternity house, 1955, by Bruce Goff

(Image credit: Robert Lifson)

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Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture Editor at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018) and Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020).