"To move the work is to destroy the work." ~ Richard Serra

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Site-Specific Architecture

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Spain

One of Frank Gehry's most famous buildings it is made up of curved, interconnected shapes cased in bright titanium, giving the shimmering appearance of fish scales. At its core is a large, light-filled atrium, which has views of Bilbao's estuary and the surrounding hills. Opened in 1997, it was deemed "the greatest building of our time" by architect Philip Johnson, and although it was designed to house substantial site-specific pieces, Gehry's architecture is often thought to eclipse the artworks it contains. Costing $100m, it paid for itself within just one year, and has been credited with kicking off a cultural and economic revival in the Basque country.

To check out more architecture by Frank Gehry look no further than the ZSR!

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