Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Posted by benp

on May 26, 2011

Categories: Architecture, Art, Photography

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I was in Bilbao last month and thought i’d post a few pics i took whilst there…………………….

I went to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao designed by Frank Gehry which was an amazing building (even on the dull and damp day I was there). The building is clad in titanium panels that gives the building its soft and shimmering facade. A great deal of time was spent by the architect in developing the look of the panels because the exact mix of heat and distortion was required to reach the texture he was after. The glass was also a challenge and at the time of conception because the expanses of glass he wanted to give the building it’s transparency needed to also keep out the heat of the sun and prevent the building becoming a greenhouse. This was achieved by mixing minute metal particles in the glass that couldn’t be seen by the naked eye but reflected a large percentage of the heat back outside.

The second image is of Jeff Coons’ Puppy which is a huge sculpture covered in living flowers outside the Guggenheim entrance. So iconic a sculpture, it has become an unofficial mascot of Bilbao.

The final image is the Basque Health Department in the centre of Bilbao which was designed by Coll-Barreu Arquitectos. An impressive double skinned facade on the corner of two major streets that has interesting ice-like reflective and refractive qualities.