Latin American architecture and art is noted for its bright vibrant colours. Ricardo Legorreta is perhaps the best-known architect who brought this vibrancy to his projects outside his native Mexico, even in London. Now the American-based architect Frank Gehry has adapted his style of architecture, often characterised by broken and geometric roofs such as in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Stata Centre at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., to the traditions of Latin America with his new BioMuseuo in Panama. Here he has blended the indigenous use of colours, often using cast iron sheeting, into a landmark building at the entrance to the Panama Canal, and looking across towards Panama City. This new cultural and exhibition centre, which will have permanent galleries exploring the isthmus and tbe biodiversity of the region, is intended to make a statement, much as the Guggenheim Museum did at Bilboa and will host cultural events, and functions. It looks an exciting but unduly complicated building. Lets hope it stands the test of time.
"The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul."
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"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for example"
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