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dc.coverage.spatial Site: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (Bilbao, Basque Provinces, Spain) en_US
dc.coverage.temporal 1997 (creation) en_US
dc.creator Gehry, Frank Owen en_US
dc.date 1997 en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-20T20:11:31Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-20T20:11:31Z
dc.date.issued 1997 en_US
dc.identifier 179145 en_US
dc.identifier.other archrefid: 2144 en_US
dc.description Aerial context view, looking northeast, showing integration with landscape (bridge); Since the late 1980s Gehry has experiemented with the sensuous possibilities of metallic surfaces. The deconstructed masses of Gehry's designs are best expressed in the exploded organic shape of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (Bilbao, Spain 1997). Gehry situated the museum within the living and working space of the city, allowing the Puente de La Salve (one of the main thoroughfares of the city) to pierce one side of the museum. The Calle Parraguirre, another main street bisecting the city, leads directly to the main entrance of the museum. Visitors both climb and descend stairs as they enter the museum, an unusual feature in an institutional building, and are led through rotating exhibition spaces to the atrium which is lit by a graceful abstracted flower skylight. Like the New York Guggenheim, the gallery spaces are organized on multiple levels surrounding the central atrium. Connected by a series of curving walkways that are suspended from the roof, the interior spaces have been described as a ‘metaphoric city’ (Chollet, p. 97) in which the architectural elements are simultaneously the infra-structure and the inhabitants. Computer Aided Three Dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA) and visualizations were used heavily in the structure's design especially with shaping the titanium panels. Source: Grove Art Online; http://www.oxfordartonline.com/ (accessed 7/15/2010) en_US
dc.format.medium limestone; glass; titanium en_US
dc.rights © Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc. en_US
dc.subject architecture en_US
dc.subject contemporary (1960 to present) en_US
dc.subject engineering and industrial design en_US
dc.subject manufacturing en_US
dc.subject Art museums en_US
dc.subject Twentieth century en_US
dc.subject Deconstructivist en_US
dc.title Guggenheim Museum Bilbao en_US
dc.type image en_US
dc.rights.access Licensed for educational and research use by the MIT community only en_US
dc.identifier.vendorcode 1A1-GF-GMB-A3 en_US
dc.contributor.display Frank Owen Gehry (American architect, born 1929) en_US


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