Gordon Bunshaft: Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum, 1969C–1974

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  • With its vivid monumentality the museum appears like a UFO in its surrounding cityscape. Supposedly the Smithsonian pointed out to Bunshaft that the building would only be appropriate as a museum of modern art if it contrasted its surroundings sharply. The architect followed the advice by designing a massive, cylindrical, uninterrupted concrete body, hovering above ground.

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