Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Interior

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

1071 Fifth Avenue

ARCHITECT: Frank Lloyd Wright

DATE: 1956-59

STYLE: Museum

Manhattan Museum Upper East Side

The Guggenheim Museum Interior is internationally recognized as a seminal example of a twentieth-century interior space. The design, in its prominent spiraling form and its dramatic spatial qualities, manifests Frank Lloyd  Wright’s philosophy of an “organic” architecture, that is, buildings conceived and built according to the principles found in nature.  The design of the interior of the museum demonstrates the inherent unity of its construction method, spatial character, and use. Unified through ivory-colored walls and ceilings and a circular patterned terrazzo floor, this monumental skylight space is enlivened by the ever-changing quality of light and by the contrast between illumination levels in the central atrium and in the adjacent exhibition alcoves.

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

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