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The Unexpected Low-Tech Solutions That Made the Guggenheim Bilbao Possible

09:30 - 18 October, 2017
Mountain climber installing titanium facade panels during the construction of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Photo: Aitor Ortiz. Image © 2017 FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao
Mountain climber installing titanium facade panels during the construction of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Photo: Aitor Ortiz. Image © 2017 FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao

This article originally appeared on guggenheim.org/blogs under the title "How Analog and Digital Came Together in the 1990s Creation of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao," and is used with permission.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this month, has been hailed as a pinnacle of technological progress since its October 1997 opening. While the use of the modeling software CATIA (Computer Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application) was without question groundbreaking, some of the greatest moments of ingenuity during the building’s design and construction were distinctly low-tech. Developed between 1991 and 1997, the curved and angular titanium-clad building was conceived at the turning point between analog and digital practice. This profound shift enveloped and permeated every aspect of the project, from the design process and construction techniques to the methods of communication technology put to use.

Architectural Adventures: Through Portugal and Northern Spain Architectural Tour

18:47 - 16 October, 2017
Architectural Adventures: Through Portugal and Northern Spain Architectural Tour, Oporto, Portugal
Oporto, Portugal

Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural heritage of Portugal and Northern Spain on a once-in-a-lifetime 17-day journey with Architectural Adventures. From historic Lisbon to vibrant Barcelona, visit and explore 14 cities and 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites while enjoying world-class accommodations and fine regional dining. Sip Oporto’s famed port wine, see Santiago’s monumental cathedral, tour the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and see where the bulls run in Pamplona before traversing the breathtaking Pyrenees Mountains en route to Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea.

Drawing Event Will Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

08:00 - 7 October, 2017
Drawing Event Will Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Courtesy of Flickr user: dbaron
Courtesy of Flickr user: dbaron

On October 15th  four languages, three countries, and three astounding architectural projects will be brought together through a series of events and workshops to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation seeks to commemorate the event with a full day program of activities entitled Drawing the Guggenheim. Visitors can explore and sketch the museums during a variety of public drawing exercises, architectural tours, films and family events at each of the Guggenheim locations.

Plaza del Museo Apartment Refurbishment / PAUZARQ arquitectos

05:00 - 2 September, 2017
Plaza del Museo Apartment Refurbishment / PAUZARQ arquitectos , © Xabier Aldazabal
© Xabier Aldazabal

© Xabier Aldazabal © Xabier Aldazabal © Xabier Aldazabal © Xabier Aldazabal + 14

Veiled in Brilliance: How Reflective Facades Have Changed Modern Architecture

09:30 - 12 October, 2016
Veiled in Brilliance: How Reflective Facades Have Changed Modern Architecture, Reflections on glass façade. Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg. Architects: Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Frank Thiel
Reflections on glass façade. Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg. Architects: Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Frank Thiel

Even as modernism promoted the transparency of glass architecture, many within the movement were conscious of the monotony of large glass facades, with even Mies van der Rohe using elements such as his trademark mullions to break up his facades. But in the years since, countless uniform structural glazing skyscrapers have emerged and bored urban citizens. In response to this, unconventional reinterpretations of facades have gained interest.

Accompanied by the belief that light and brilliance could help in creating iconic architecture and a better human world, glass and metal have been innovatively transformed to create crystalline images. As a result, the locus of meaning in architecture has shifted from the internal space-form towards the external surface.

Art Gallery Aldama-Fabré / BABELstudio

05:00 - 2 April, 2016
Art Gallery Aldama-Fabré / BABELstudio, © José Luís Revuelta
© José Luís Revuelta

© José Luís Revuelta © José Luís Revuelta © José Luís Revuelta © José Luís Revuelta + 15

Vitoria-Gasteiz Town Hall Offices / IDOM

05:00 - 28 March, 2016
Vitoria-Gasteiz Town Hall Offices / IDOM, © Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz + 28

  • Architect

  • Location

    Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
  • Lead Architect

    César Azcárate Gómez Jesús Armendáriz
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photography

Monocle 24 Reports From Bilbao to Explore Issues Facing City Leaders

04:00 - 7 October, 2015
Monocle 24 Reports From Bilbao to Explore Issues Facing City Leaders, Guggenheim Bilbao / Frank Gehry. Image © Andrea Ciambra
Guggenheim Bilbao / Frank Gehry. Image © Andrea Ciambra

For this edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team visit BUILD: the Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues. This event gathers civic leaders and philanthropists to a discourse about how cities are, and should be, run. In this two-part broadcast from the conference itself, Monocle explore how Stuttgart have been accommodating an unprecedented number of refugees, how Poland is using transport infrastructure to revitalise the city of Łódź, how Pittsburgh is a poster-city for resilience, and why Atlanta wants its citizens to take charge of their city.

Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been

09:30 - 21 September, 2015
Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been, Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In It’s A Wonderful Life the film’s protagonist George Bailey, facing a crisis of faith, is visited by his guardian angel, and shown an alternate reality where he doesn’t exist. The experience gives meaning to George’s life, showing him his own importance to others. With the increasing scale of design competitions these days, architectural “could-have-beens” are piling up in record numbers, and just as George Bailey's sense of self was restored by seeing his alternate reality, hypothesizing about alternative outcomes in architecture is a chance to reflect on our current architectural moment.

Today marks the one-year-anniversary of the opening of Phase 3 of the High Line. While New Yorkers and urbanists the world over have lauded the success of this industrial-utility-turned-urban-oasis, the park and the slew of other urban improvements it has inspired almost happened very differently. Although we have come to know and love the High Line of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in the original ideas competition four finalists were chosen and the alternatives show stark contrasts in how things might have shaped up.

On this key date for one of the most crucial designs of this generation, we decided to look back at some of the most important competitions of the last century to see how things might have been different.

Joseph Marzella's second-place design for the Sydney Opera House. Image via The Daily Mail Designs for the Chicago Tribune Tower by Adolf Loos (left) and Bruno Taut, Walter Gunther, and Kurz Schutz (right). Image via skyscraper.org Design for the High Line by Zaha Hadid Architects with Balmori Associates, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and studio MDA. Image via University of Adelaide on Cargo Collective Moshe Safdie's design for the Centre Pompidou. Image Courtesy of Safdie Architects + 16

Carreras Múgica Contemporary Art Gallery / Estudio Herreros

05:00 - 13 August, 2015
Carreras Múgica Contemporary Art Gallery / Estudio Herreros, © Adrià Goulà
© Adrià Goulà

© Adrià Goulà  © Adrià Goulà  © Adrià Goulà  © Adrià Goulà  + 15

Five Cities Elevated by UNESCO “City of Design” Status

00:00 - 4 December, 2014
Five Cities Elevated by UNESCO “City of Design” Status, V&A Museum of Design planned for Dundee (click image for more). Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates
V&A Museum of Design planned for Dundee (click image for more). Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates

Dundee, Bilbao, Curitiba, Helsinki and Turin are often considered the cultural epicenters of their respected countries. Therefore it is no surprise that these five metropolises are the latest to achieve UNESCO’s City of Design status. Joining a list of 12 other cities, the newest City of Design selections are being recognized for the international influence on design. By awarding them “City of Design” status, UNESCO hopes to help further the development of creative industries and encourage cross-city cultural exchange in each selected metropolis. 

San Mames Stadium / ACXT

01:00 - 20 October, 2014
© Airtor Ortiz
© Airtor Ortiz
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Mamés, 48013 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Project Director

    Oscar Malo
  • Main Architect

    César A. Azcárate Gómez
  • Deputy Architect

    Diego Rodríguez
  • Area

    114500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Airtor Ortiz © Airtor Ortiz © Airtor Ortiz © Airtor Ortiz + 39

Policemen House / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

01:00 - 8 September, 2014
Policemen House / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, © Aleix Bagué
© Aleix Bagué

© Juan Rodríguez © Aleix Bagué © Juan Rodríguez © Aleix Bagué + 28

Textured Tower / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Textured Tower / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
  • Area

    556.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Firemen House / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
Firemen House  / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

© Juan Rodríguez © Juan Rodríguez Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos © Juan Rodríguez + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
  • Area

    14870.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Norman Foster Receives Inaugural BIA Award in Bilbao

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
Norman Foster Receives Inaugural BIA Award in Bilbao, Norman Foster has been rewarded for his work on Metro Bilbao. Image © Flickr CC User Jacqueline Poggi
Norman Foster has been rewarded for his work on Metro Bilbao. Image © Flickr CC User Jacqueline Poggi

On the 26th of September, Norman Foster will be at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao as the inaugural recipient of the very first BIA (Bilbao Bizkaia Architecture) Award. Recognizing Foster's contribution towards the development of Bizkaia through architecture and urban regeneration, the prize highlights Foster's iconic original design for the Metro Bilbao stations in the Basque Country.

20 Scholarships the AA BILBAO Visiting School: COMPUTING TOPOS III 2014 / Bilbao, Spain

00:00 - 2 July, 2014
20 Scholarships the AA BILBAO Visiting School: COMPUTING TOPOS III 2014 / Bilbao, Spain, © AA Visiting School
© AA Visiting School

AA Visiting School is an international network of design workshops and other programs organized by the Architectural Association School of Architecture. This event will be realized in Bilbao, Spain between July 23 and August 5.

COAS Offices and Headquarters / Otxotorena Arquitectos

01:00 - 9 June, 2014
COAS Offices and Headquarters / Otxotorena Arquitectos, © Rubén Pérez Bescós
© Rubén Pérez Bescós

© Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós © Rubén Pérez Bescós + 17