Architect proposes extension for Wright’s Guggenheim

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Architecture firm Oiio, from New York and Athens, has designed a concept to extend Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim museum in New York by extending its spiralling form upwards.

“What if we decided we needed a little more of Guggenheim?” the architects said.

The new structure plan holds almost three times as many floors as the original masterpiece designed by Wright in the 1940s.

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Continuing the path of the Guggenheim’s ramped rotunda gallery, the new building will have a complete circular roof at the uppermost level, with the domed glass removed from its previous position and placed on the new roof.

“Guggenheim museum has become so iconic, so emblematic and hermetic in our minds that it can no longer be touched by architects!” said the architecture team, adding: “Even if its own creator were to propose an alternation of its form, New Yorkers would suddenly feel as if they have lost a dear old friend.”

Abu Dhabi is scheduled to get its own offshoot of the Guggenheim by 2017, designed by Frank Gehry.

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