ArchitectureChicagoPlus correspondent, architect Iker Gil, reminds us that today is the ten year anniversary of one of the most pivotal dates in architectural history: the October 19th, 1997 opening of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. It was the day "The Bilbao Effect" drove the final spike through the heart of Post-Modernism, and the age of the Techno-Baroque was born. Read all about it - and see the photo-essay - here.
I am afraid that I can not fully express the effect this building had on me without resorting to language that might be considered to vulgar or blue for such a forum. I think Philip Johnson said it best when he said it was the only building of our time that was comparable to the great cathedrals, and that he cried upon entering it. In all sincerity it was Bilbao that convinced me to pursue architecture. At the very least it deserves the patented Men on Architecture “Two Snaps Up!”
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