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Frank Gehry's Biomuseo in Panama is Ready (Photos)

Frank Gehry's Biomuseo in Panama is Ready (Photos)

Posted by Juan Gavasa on September 18, 2014

Occupying a site on the Amador Casueway at the entrance to the Panama Canal, the 4,000 square metre Biomuseo by Frank Gehry includes eight galleries, space for temporary exhibitions, a shop and a cafe. The colourful design is intended to represent the narrow land mass now known as Panama rising out of the sea to unite the drifting continents of north and south America three million years ago.

A 2.4-hectare botanical park surrounding the building also hosts a series of outdoor exhibits. "This has been a very personal project for me," said Gehry. "I feel close ties to the people of Panama, and I believe strongly that we should all be trying to conserve biodiversity, which is threatened everywhere."

Gehry, who is best known for his sculptural cultural buildings including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Bilbao is Spain, created a public outdoor atrium on the first floor as the centre piece of the design.

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