The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
On the riverside of Bilbao, Spain, the ship-like form of Gehry’s Guggenheim shimmers with warm light reflected from the cool waters. The undulating metallic planes are serene, like the ripples and waves below. At night the building is lit with tones of blue, green and purple, reflecting the colors of a Bilbao evening sky. This is a dynamic place of ever-changing surfaces and rhythmic transitions of space and void. Despite the effect of fluidity, it is also very solid, a majestic guardian of art, giving a sense of timelessness to modern architecture.