Gehry's Bilbao Guggenheim voted #1 by VF architecturians

guggenheim-bilbao.jpgVanity Fair asked architects and those who circulate among them, such as critic Paul Goldberger, to nominate the five most important buildings, bridges or monuments built since 1980. Plus their pick for the "greatest work of architecture" in the 21st century. Of the 52 responses, on the first point the Guggenheim museum that Frank Gehry designed in Spain's Basque country won going away with 28 votes. His Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles got four votes, including Goldberger's. Gehry's own list, incidentally, named buildings in Beijing, Paris, Rome and Portugal. But others, including Richard Meier (who named the Getty) and Eric Owen Moss (his Stealth/Umbrella Complex in Culver City), were not shy about nominating their own works. Moss's Art Tower in Culver City and the Gehry house in Santa Monica also received one nod each.

Noted: The New York Times building in Manhattan by Renzo Piano was among those selected as a major work of the 21st century.

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