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23. Guggenheim Museum #105architecturalinspiration

23. Guggenheim Museum #105architecturalinspiration


Frank Lloyd Wright was a masterful architect, creating bold designs and blazing new trails. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of his best. The cylindrical building is wider at the top than at the bottom. The building form creates a ramp that continuously spirals along the outer edge of the building ending under the central skylight. 


The design of the building shapes the way a visitor is sent through to view the art work. The building itself becomes art that is viewed and felt as one moves through the space. It has a rigid geometry matched only by the rigid concrete making up the exterior walls. The criticism of the space by many was the lack of focus on functionality as the form has dominance even over the works it was created to hold.  

#105architecturalinspirations is a collection of architectural details, buildings, and spaces that inspire me. I am taking on the challenge of finding two projects to spotlight each week in 2015. Hopefully I will be able to keep up and this process of discovery will push me to create better design solutions for my clients as I research and learn more about those projects I enjoy most. I challenge you to add your comments below about this project and to post your own inspirations for all to enjoy. 

Full List of previous #105architecturalinspiration posts

1 – 20. First 20 architectural inspirations here

21. Michael Graves

22. St. Augustine