Beautiful Architecture

Asymptote’s proposal of the Guggenheim in Guadalajara
competition imagined the museum as an undulating
mass rising from four sculptural corner volumes,
with a central atrium acting as an “urban balcony.”
While they lost to Enrique Norten, their surprising
proposal has since been attracting attention and
acclaim. With a strong, iconic architectural expression
on a spectacular, clifftop site, the diaphanous specter
seemingly hovers like a spaceship. It is touted by the
architects as a space that performs simultaneously as
a “dramatic viewing platform, a gateway, a gathering
place, an urban theater and an outdoor exhibition space.”
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