Guggenheim Bilbao

Architect: Frank Gehry

Date: 1991 – 1997

Address: Avenida Abandoibarra, 2 Bilbao 48001, Spain

How to get there: Tram (Guggenheim), Metro (Moyúa), Bus (1, 10, 13, 18, 27, 38, 48, 71)

The Guggenheim Museum came out of collaboration between Basque County Administration and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation as a first stage of the redevelopment of the former trade and warehouse district. Gehry had been asked to reconceive the notion of the art museum by the Guggenheim leading to a building that has reinvigorated what had been a previously run-down industrial city. “If you can translate the beauty of sculpture into the building, whatever it does to give movement and feeling, that’s where the innovation in architecture is.”

The titanium, glass and stone clad building sits along the Nevion River and uses the public plaza at the entrance to encourage movement between the old city and the riverfront. The main entry is a central atrium that connects the three floors of the building. The museum consists of three collection spaces: square rooms housing the permanent collection, dynamic rectangular spaces housing the temporary collection, and 11 distinct galleries for the collection of selected living artists. The public spaces are accessible from both the exterior and the museum proper and consist of a 300-seat auditorium, restaurant, and retail space.

Guggenheim Museum from the riverfront

Guggenheim Museum from the riverfront

Plan of Guggenheim Museum

Plan of Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum from city

Guggenheim Museum from city

Sections of Guggenheim Museum

Sections of Guggenheim Museum

Entracne to the Guggenheim Museum

Entracne to the Guggenheim Museum

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