Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, 1992-1997, Photo by MykReeve, GNU Free Documentation License via Wikimedia Commons. © 2013 . All rights reserved.

Pure Freedom

Frank Gehry’s design for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain is so completely unhindered by traditional rules that regulate architectural design that the building has a sculptural appearance that is totally independent of any school of architecture from history.

Gehry designed on a computer the moving and open curvilinear forms that are reminiscent of an opening flower.  The small titanium singles that sheath the exterior of the building, shimmering in the sunlight and reflecting the changing colors in the atmosphere, further emphasize the high tech origins of the design.

The interior is as exciting as the exterior, having rooms in various shapes and sizes.  The huge atrium has a network of skylights above with catwalks and elevator cages running throughout the space below it.

And all of this is to say nothing of the inspiring and challenging collections and exhibitions within this incredible space.

The Guggenheim Bilbao is a stunning building that has become a destination for tourists, putting Bilbao on the map and attracting millions of visitors since it opened.