Archive for February, 2010

OKA contemplates the void at the Guggenheim

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The Guggenheim in 2060?
Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects is taking part in an exhibition that opens Friday at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, “Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.”

The iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building at the heart of the museum is mostly empty: The galleries are built along the spiral ramp that defines the shape of the building, leaving open a central rotunda.

For the building’s 50th anniversary, the museum invited 200 artists, architects and designers to think up ways to fill the space. OKA’s entry, featured in a New York Times blog post about the exhibition, envisions the Guggenheim in the year 2060, in a world dominated by poverty, overpopulation and food shortages. The building, ravaged by the elements, is no longer a museum but rather an open-air market, centered around a giant windmill made from reclaimed steel.

According to the proposal, the repurposed Guggenheim “underscores the importance of utility and longevity in design and witnesses the power of the individual in developing decentralized local and sustainable communities.”

The exhibition runs through April 28.