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2007 05 14
Cracking Up An Architectural Treasure
Image of cracks in the concrete facade of the New York Guggenheim Museum
http://www.tropolism.com has a story about how Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum in New York is cracking up. It seems that the venerable architect built the spiraling edifice without expansion joints. Seasonal warming and cooling causes the building's facade to crack as it has no way to compensate for the gradual expansion and contraction of its reinforced concrete.

Pushing the boundaries of building science to achieve poetic architectural space and form brings its own legacies. Still, the world is a better place with the Guggenheim in spite of its deterioration. Closer to home, Daniel Libeskind's ROM Crystal nears completion. It also extends our understanding of building technology and over the next decades we'll find out if it too has hidden flaws. More importantly, will the Crystal offer an architectural experience so powerful that we will forgive any deficiencies it may have? We will find out next month.

[email this story] Posted by R Ouellette on 05/14 at 12:07 PM

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