Friday, October 21, 2011
Happy Birthday Guggenheim!
The Guggenheim is one of my favorite modern buildings. This was one of the shining moments for Frank Lloyd Wright, as his exploration in circles was not one of his best periods in architecture. When the museum explored the possibility of an addition, the city quickly moved to give the building landmark status, so that whatever was done to it could not impact the original design in any detrimental way, so Gwathmey Siegel essentially treated the addition as a stage house, giving the museum a very theatrical quality. Here's a wonderful book, published a couple years ago, that illustrates the creative process behind the building of the museum.