April 14 2008 / by Marisa Vitols / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Culture Year: 2011 Rating: 3 Hot
The Lithuanian capital city of Vilnius is about to embark on the construction of a new-age masterpiece. Designed by award-winning British Iraqi deconstructivist architect Zaha Hadid, the new Guggenheim Hermitage Museum will be a museum and arts center that houses the St. Petersburg-based State Hermitage Museum and selected Guggenheim collections.
The pre-build research for the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum is slated for completion by 2008 and the building set to open in 2011. Check out the phenomenal photos of the design pictured below the fold.
Other remarkable projects by Zaha Hadid currently underway include the CMA CGM Tower in Marseille, France, the Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain, the Kartal Urban Transformation in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Glasgow Transport Museum in Glasgow, Scotland.
Seeing such forward-thinking architecture cropping up in the small post-Soviet Baltic country of Lithuania, with a total population of only about 3.7 million, demonstrates just how high the bar has been set for futuristic architecture around the world. I wonder when such design will make its way into more expensive markets like NYC? (cont.)