Latin Translation: Panama’s Biomuseo, by Frank Gehry

Architecture & Interiors

Screen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.26.39 PMDrivers taking the Amador Causeway en route to the Panama Canal may be forgiven for veering off the road just a bit when Frank Gehry’s new Biomuseo comes into view. A raucous extravaganza of color, devoted to showcasing and preserving Panama’s rich biodiversity, Biomuseo is Gehry’s first building in Latin America, strategically located to take advantage of panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the canal, and Panama City.

And, like Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Biomuseo provides a visual counterpoint to its industrial context, overlooking the cargo ships that traverse the Panama Canal. Comprising eight galleries, an aquarium, cafe, and gift shop, Biomuseo bears Gehry’s signature typology of asymmetry and a seemingly haphazard arrangement of shapes, but is a marked departure from the gleaming, silvery metal cladding that distinguishes his recent projects. Instead, Biomuseo’s concrete volumes reside under a montage of vividly colored metal roofs, an obvious homage to Latin culture.Screen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.22.15 PMScreen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.25.21 PMScreen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.26.29 PMScreen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.22.23 PMScreen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.51.24 PMScreen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.51.12 PM

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    Apr 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I cannot understand why his works are admired. It’s chaos, chaos, chaos, no context. Seriously, somebody should tell this aloud – the king is naked.

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