Thank the Oiio Architecture Office for kicking the Guggenheim up a notch, with its new design to stretch the original structure up thirteen more flights. Hyperallergic’s Kyle Chayka guessed yesterday that the plans are a joke on all of the recent museum expansions, like Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Whitney, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Philadelphia Museum– especially MoMA’s Jean Nouvel skyscraper, soon to rival the height of the Empire State Building.
The rendering depicts Frank Lloyd Wright’s original building as sort of a base paddy for the whole structure, bringing the museum to a towering outer cup and the inner atrium up to a point. In doing so, the architects write, they’d simply be “completing” it. Hilaaaarious! …Right guys? Joke?