An organic spiral that breaks free from the strict Manhattan grid, this Upper East side modern classic blends architecture and sculpture seamlessly. More
The Guggenheim (Solomon R. Guggenheim) Museum was Frank Lloyd Wright’s last great work and contribution to Manhattan’s museum architecture. An organic, white spiral that rises above the street, the building is an icon for New York. It is clearly distinguishable from the street and admired by tourists and locals alike.
The dramatic concrete curves are visible both from the outside and the inside. They spiral upwards in a curve, enabling a different museum experience. The interior is particularly magnetic- a ramp that connects these curves rises up to an expansive glass dome that washes the interior with light. The interior space rises up almost 100 feet, expanding six stories, making it truly remarkable to visitors of the space.
The building has undergone revisions, additions and criticisms throughout its history. One thing is for certain- this building is an icon of museum architecture. The freedom and expression of Wright’s hand remains evident in the building’s design to this day, making it a representation for modern sculptural organic architecture.
Architect- Frank Lloyd Wright, 1956-1959
Location- Upper East Side, NY, NY
(all images via e-architect.co.uk)