Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Perfect Location for Frank Gehry's Buildings

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

"The Philadelphia Museum of Art has selected Frank O. Gehry, the architect famous for rambunctious and sculptural buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, to design a vast new underground gallery space, a project that will be virtually invisible from the street."

"Because Gehry will be working inside the museum's monumental stone base, he will not have an opportunity to append one of his signature swirling forms onto Philadelphia's beloved neo-classical temple. There will be no titanium-clad fins sprouting from the art museum's Kosota stone wings, no giant cylinders dancing down its famous staircase. Whatever theatrics Gehry can produce will have to be kept 30 feet below the museum's east plaza, deep inside its Fairmount hillside."



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