Guggenheim Bilbao Facade

Photo Credit: E. Goergen

Designed by Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa celebrated its twentieth anniversary in October. In light of this milestone, here are a few fun facts to consider: eighty percent of the building’s facade is made out of just four different panel shapes; titanium was not originally considered because the material is expensive, but a sudden change in the market allowed the team to use the expensive metal for the exterior of the building; and, careful consideration was taken in the process of combining chemicals during the metal’s rolling process to create a surface quality that seems to effortlessly transform as the sky changes.

Source: Archdaily