Frank Lloyd Wright & George Cohen — Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often simply referred to as The Guggenheim, is an art museum located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. It is home to a permanent and expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary artwork.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1943, The Guggenheim, a cylindrical building that is wider at its top than at its bottom, features a unique ramp gallery that extends up from ground level in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building. The result is a collection of spaces that flow continuously into one another.
The building’s surface was built with concrete to reduce the cost, though Wright had wanted stone to be used. He also proposed a red-colored exterior, which didn’t happen. Nevertheless, The Guggenheim remains one of the more unexpected structures in New York, and an unforgettably unique piece of Fifth Avenue.