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Aristotle famously pronounced that nature abhors a vacuum, an idea that still resonates in art today. In designing the Guggenheim Museum, Wright flaunted the notion of the void, leaving the center tantalizingly (or threateningly) empty. Over the years, when creating site-specific installations or exhibition designs for the building, artists and architects have imbued the space with their presences, inspiring unforgettable works by Matthew Barney, Cai Guo- Qiang, Frank Gehry, Jenny Holzer, and Nam June Paik, among others. For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim invited scores of artists, architects, and designers to leave practicality or even reality behind in conjuring their proposals for the space. In this exhibition of ideal projects, certain themes emerge, including the return to nature in its primordial state, the desire to climb the building, the interplay of light and space, the interest in diaphanous effects as a counterpoint to the concrete structure, and the impact of sound on the environment. Conceived as both a commemoration and a self-reflexive folly, Contemplating the Void confirms how truly catalytic the architecture of the Guggenheim can be. [From https://www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/contemplating-the-void]

Our proposal grows organically to occupy this void by fragmentation; bifurcations in growth create very loose zones to be activated by visitors, light, shadow, and reflection. The proposal consists of 'arms', which create areas for sitting, for circulation throughout the void, and connect pockets of cage-like definitions, which can be experienced as interiorities.

Credits

Year: Exhibition competition and auction 2010
Location: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC
Client: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Project Type: Invited exhibition and Pro-Bono Auction
Design Team: Principal in charge: Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA | Archi-Tectonics Team: David Barr, Isik Ulkun
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