The Biomuseum of Panama is considered on of the greatest new museum
The Biomuseum of Panama, work of Canadian architect Frank Gehry, is one of the most impressive new cultural spaces worldwide. Panama’s Biomuseum is considered one of the 8 greatest new museums worldwide. This museum joins seven others located in different parts of the world. The building has 4,000 square meters divided into eight galleries and represents the Isthmus of Panama, which emerged from the sea and joined two continents.
According to the BBC news portal, the new eight most impressive museums worldwide are: Biomuseum of Panama, the Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing (China), National Maritime Museum in Helsingor (Denmark), the Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam (Netherlands), the MuCEM in Marseille (France), the Maritime Museum in Porsgrunn in Norway and Chang Ucchin Museum in South Korea.
Frank Gehry’s latest project opened in Panama, Sitting at the entrance of the Panama Canal, the Biomuseo is the American architect’s first work in Latin America. Famed for his Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Gehry has again created an “eye-catcher on a bravura scale”.
The Biomuseum of Panama was originally proposed in 1999 and breaking ground in 2004, the project has a rocky and drawn-out history, but stands today as a beacon of Panamanian history, geography, culture, and pride.
Facts About the Biomuseum, Frank Gehry’s First Project in Latin America
- The Biomuseo is Gehry’s first and only work in Latin America.
- Gehry’s trademark style features irregular, rippling, sloped roof panels, reflecting the color and diversity of the surrounding landscape and ensuring visibility from great distances.
- The museum’s form symbolizes the rising of Panama’s isthmus from the ocean, connecting the continents of South and North America, forever changing ocean currents, climate, and biodiversity.
- The site boasts unobstructed views across the water towards Panama City.
- Exhibition galleries were designed along with consultation from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
- Exterior finishes are of plastered-over concrete, mimicking the commonly used Panamanian building technique.
- The project took over ten years to complete, due to many technical and financial struggles