I was delighted to finally visit the Guggenheim Museum during our trip to New York last week. I’ve been a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture for many years and I think it’s fair to say that this one is one if his signature designs.
Wright was initially approached to design a building for Solomon R. Guggenheim’s collection in 1943 but it took until 1959 before the building was completed. The central feature is a spiral ramp climbing around the interior of the round main section of the building. For an art gallery, this works extremely well especially when the building was constrained to a limited footprint. Visitors can travel the whole length of an exhibit in a single, unbroken line with no need to pause and climb stairs.
On a totally different note, while thinking back to our New York trip, I am also keeping my fingers firmly crossed for all my friends in the north east this morning as Hurricane Sandy pummels the area. Hang in there folks!
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