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Oiio Reveals Proposal for Guggenheim Expansion

Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office
Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office

With many museums worldwide seeking to extend, to accommodate larger collections, Athens-based Oiio Architecture Office have asked: “What if we decided we needed a little more of Guggenheim?”

Their solution is to stretch Frank Lloyd Wright’s original building skywards, by continuing its iconic ramp, creating an additional 13 floors. 

More on the design after the break...

Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office
Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office

The building would continue to grow in circumference as it rose, while the atrium would gradually taper inwards to a point, so the building would culminate in a perfectly circular floor at the top where Wright’s iconic glass dome would be rehoused.

Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office
Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office

But, before you take to the streets to protest this new twist to an old favorite, the Architects themselves are the first to state that such an addition is purely fantasy, naming their proposal “Guggenheim Extension Story”.

Oiio have said, “Guggenheim museum has become so iconic, so emblematic and hermetic in our minds that it can no longer be touched by architects!”

Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office
Courtesy of Oiio Architecture Office

For the meantime, any art aficionado who craves ‘a little more Guggenheim’ will have to settle for Frank Gehry’s building in Bilbao, or his planned center in Abu Dhabi.

Via Dezeen 

Cite:Nicky Rackard. "Oiio Reveals Proposal for Guggenheim Expansion" 31 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/326434/oiio-reveals-proposal-for-guggenheim-expansion/>