frank gehry biomuseum in panama designboom
panama’s biomuseo is set to open its doors to the public, almost ten years after construction began. designed by frank gehry, the cultural institution explores the isthmus and the diverse range of species which inhabit the region. the development is conceived as a catalytic structure which will serve as a beacon for the country and its population. the 4,000 square meter scheme contains eight permanent exhibition galleries designed in consultation with scientists at the nearby smithsonian tropical research institute. the $60 milllion USD project also houses temporary gallery space, a public atrium, a museum shop and a café, while various outdoor exhibits can be displayed within a landscaped botanical garden.

frank gehry biomuseum in panama designboom
the development is conceived as a landmark structure serving as a beacon for the country
photo © victoria murillo / istmophoto.com (also main image) | all images courtesy of biomuseo

 

 

located at the entrance to the panama canal, the biomuseo offers views across the water towards panama city and the old town. gehry’s fragmented and asymmetrical design comprises undulating roof panels, a collage of form and color which reflect the area’s tropical environment. appealing to a broad range of visitors, the scheme combines art with science and will host cultural events throughout the year, such as music concerts and private functions. for previous designboom’s previous coverage of frank gehry’s ‘biomuseo’, see here.

frank gehry biomuseum in panama designboom
the cultural institution explores the isthmus and the diverse range of species which inhabit the region
photo © victoria murillo / istmophoto.com

frank gehry biomuseum in panama designboom
gehry’s fragmented and asymmetrical design features an undulating canopy
photo © victoria murillo / istmophoto.com

frank gehry biomuseum in panama designboom
the color of the roof panels reflect the region’s tropical environment
photo © victoria murillo / istmophoto.com

frank gehry biomuseum in panama designboom
the scheme offers views across the water towards panama city
photo © victoria murillo / istmophoto.com

frank gehry biomuseum in panama designboom
photo © victoria murillo / istmophoto.com

frank gehry biomuseum in panama designboom
stairway approach to the museum
photo © victoria murillo / istmophoto.com

frank gehry biomuseum in panama designboom
the undulating and folded roof panels
photo © victoria murillo / istmophoto.com

frank gehry biomuseum in panama designboom
skylight bringing natural light into the exhibition space
photo © victoria murillo / istmophoto.com