Designed by Frank Gehry, the iconic museum building in northern Spain opened its doors in October 1997 to ecstatic international acclaim from architects, critics and visitors alike. Built on a former shipyard site and wharf for industrial use on a curve of the River Nervión, the museum was part of an ambitious urban renewal program conceived by the Basque regional government. Well-known architects were invited to design new structures, such as the nearby pedestrian bridge by Santiago Calatrava and the metro system by Norman Foster from England.

Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
River Nervión and the Guggenheim Museum

Due to the mathematical complexity of  the undulating design, Gehry decided to work with an advanced software initially conceived for the aerospace industry. The outer skin of the building[…]

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