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SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK, 1959

Completed in 1959, the Guggenheim Museum is a masterwork by the world-renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959).

The fame of Wright’s design for the museum rests on its unconventional rotunda shape and sloping spiral ramp that curves around the building’s interior.

This circular conception enables the continuous and unimpeded viewing of artworks, either through movement along the ramp, or by looking across the open rotunda at several bays on different levels simultaneously.

Wright’s monumental skylight at the top of the rotunda, another defining architectural feature of the museum, allows for the passage of natural light into the exhibition space.