Architect Frank Gehry uses computers to help design and build his famous wavy, shiny, psycho-structures. The EMP in Seattle is a museum of rock-and-roll, but even if you don’t like rock music, you’ll want to see Gehry’s rebellious design for the building.
Learn more > Frank Gehry, Architecture Portfolio of Selected Works
With a six-story spiraling ramp, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum is a hallmark example of hemicycle design. At the center, an open rotunda offers views of artwork on several levels. Wright, who was known for his self-assurance, said that his goal was to “make the building and the painting an uninterrupted, beautiful symphony such as never existed in the World of Art before.”
The circular building seems as revolutionary today as it did when the museum first opened on October 21, 1959.
Explore Wright’s New York Guggenheim Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition at the Guggenheim >>
Who is Peter Eisenman? Is he a “Structuralist”? A “Deconstructionist”? A “Postmodern theorist”? The venerable architect may be difficult to classify, but his works demand attention.
Eisenman’s Berlin Holocaust Memorial (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe) is both abstract and chilling. Composed of 2,711 enormous stone slabs, the Berlin memorial opened in 2005 and continues to stir controversy.
Learn about Peter Eisenman >>
If ever an architect could capture the spirit of a nation, it’s the Pritzker-Prize-winning Eduardo Souto de Moura of Portugal. His works range from elegant, geometric modernist homes to the sleek engineering of the Burgo Tower in Porto.
Souto de Moura’s Paula Rêgo Museum in Cascais combines breathtaking pyramidal forms with earthy red concrete sheathing. The intense color contrasts with the surrounding green forest, and the startling shapes “prevent the project from being a neutral sum of boxes,” Souto de Moura said in his project description.
Learn about the architecture of Eduardo Souto de Moura >>
During a career that spans more than fifty years, British architect Richard Rogers has helped shape the modern era. Rogers is known for his fascination for technology, designing transparent, machine-like buildings that are both beautiful and highly efficient.
His landmark works include Lloyd’s of London, the Millennium Dome, Madrid Barajas Airport Terminal 4, National Assembly for Wales, and, in Paris, the famous Centre Pompidou designed with Renzo Piano.
Buildings and Projects by Richard Rogers Partnership >>
Biography of Richard Rogers >>