Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

Guggenheim museum in bilbaoThe Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain is a museum for modern and contemporary art built alongside the Nervion River. It is one of several museums run by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. It is considered as one of the most striking and spectacular of buildings today.

Building Features

What makes the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao quite unique has a lot to do with its striking exterior. The building structure was designed to appear quite random as shown by the different curves the structure takes. The building is made out of generally glass, limestone and titanium.

The general structure is composed of sweeping curves and sculpted organic contours. The whole building structure was designed primarily to resemble a ship, since it is sited in a port town. The titanium panels of the structure resemble fish scales with the curves seemingly implying to go with the nearby Nervion River where the structure sits on.

Building Information

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was designed by noted Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. The museum opened to the public in 1997. After it opened, it immediately became a very prominent piece of architecture and became one of the more prominent buildings following a deconstructivism style.

Due to the challenges of the design, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was aided highly by the technology used during the period. The structure designs heavily used CATIA, or Computer Aided Three Dimensional Interactive Application, for the museum itself to be built successfully.

The computer simulations made it possible for Gehry to make use of shapes in the design that would have otherwise have been impossible for other architects of the past era.

The museum was also built in part in order to revitalize tourism in Bilbao, Spain. True enough, the news of the museum’s opening and the attention it generated immediately placed the previously sleepy town into the world map.

The museum became a popular tourist attraction not just for its striking architectural design but also for its collection of 20th Century art as well as other changing art exhibitions.

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