frank gehry: biomuseum in panama nearing completion
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oct 31, 2012
frank gehry: biomuseum in panama nearing completion


‘biomuseum’ by frank gehry, panama city, panama
image © victoria murillo
image courtesy of biomuseo

 

 

 

marking his first project in latin america, the ‘biomuseum’ (biomuseo) by canadian-born architect frank gehry aims to provide a scientific center to document and display the rich cultures of ocean and land species that originated in the panamanian isthmus, that consequently had a large impact on global biodiversity. funded by the amador foundation, backed by the government, with scientific support by the smithsonian institute and the university of panama, the project carries a great social importance for the country and region.


image courtesy of biomuseo
image © victoria murillo

 

 

 

the 4.000 square meter footprint will contain eight permanent galleries designed by bruce mau, a public atrium, temporary exhibition spaces, a store, cafeteria, exterior exhibits and a botanical garden designed by edwina von gal. many of the structural elements will also become educational points, with a semi-interior colonnade of 16 pilars that will describe mankind’s effect on the panamanian ecosystem, two large aquariums that host the different aquatic species in the caribbean and pacific oceans. the panamarama, a three-storey space covered in 14 screens will create an audiovisual experience for the visitor, placing them directly into a digital history environment. the structure is based around thick concrete column trees with angular metal branches that hold up various metal-plated canopies resembling an array of colored curved and folded geometries, enveloped in large curtain walls.


image courtesy of biomuseo
image © victoria murillo


image © victoria murillo
image courtesy of biomuseo


image courtesy of biomuseo
image © victoria murillo


image courtesy of biomuseo
image © victoria murillo


image courtesy of biomuseo
image © victoria murillo


image courtesy of biomuseo
image © victoria murillo


image courtesy of biomuseo
image © victoria murillo


roof construction
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image courtesy of biomuseo


la huella humana

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la huella humana
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oceanos divididos
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biodiversity gallery

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panamarama

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the grand exchange

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the grand exchange
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the bridge arises
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