The Guggenheim Fills the Void

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By Miyoko Ohtake / Published by Dwell
Since it opened in New York City in 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has captivated the world--and its imagination. To celebrate the building's 50th anniversary, the museum invited artists, designers, and architects from around the globe to design their dream intervention for the iconic void of the central rotunda.

Submissions came in from today's top designers--including modernists and Dwell favorites like BIG, JDS Architects, Terunobu Fujimori, MVRDV, and others--and range from the void as a forrested swamp to the void as a state fair.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 1 of 21 - Flow Show (2009) by WORKAC. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Flow Show (2009) by WORKAC. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The work is being showcased in the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim and is on display from February 12 until April 28, 2010. If you can't make it--or if you're like me and can't wait to see some of the designs--view our slideshow of images from the exhibition.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 2 of 21 - Untitled (2009) by Josephine Meckseper. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Untitled (2009) by Josephine Meckseper. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 3 of 21 - New York 2109 (2009) by Terunobu Fujimori. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

New York 2109 (2009) by Terunobu Fujimori. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 4 of 21 - New Roof, Berlin Olympic Stadium (2009) by Paul Pfeiffer. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

New Roof, Berlin Olympic Stadium (2009) by Paul Pfeiffer. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 5 of 21 - Untitled (2009) by N55. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Untitled (2009) by N55. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 6 of 21 - Let's Jump! (2009) by MVRDV. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Let's Jump! (2009) by MVRDV. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 7 of 21 - Untitled (2009) by Doug Aitken. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Untitled (2009) by Doug Aitken. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 8 of 21 - State Fair Guggenheim (2009) by MAD Architects. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

State Fair Guggenheim (2009) by MAD Architects. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 9 of 21 - FLW in His Element (2009) by Saunders Architecture. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

FLW in His Element (2009) by Saunders Architecture. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 10 of 21 - Untitled (2009) by Alyson Shotz. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Untitled (2009) by Alyson Shotz. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 11 of 21 - Morris in Guggenheim (2009) by M/M. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Morris in Guggenheim (2009) by M/M. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 12 of 21 - SPIDERMUSE(UM)...WRIGHT-O-WEB...SPINNING GUGGY... (2009) by Acconci Studio>. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

SPIDERMUSE(UM)...WRIGHT-O-WEB...SPINNING GUGGY... (2009) by Acconci Studio>. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 13 of 21 - Guggenheim as a Ruin (2009) by Sarah Sze. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Guggenheim as a Ruin (2009) by Sarah Sze. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 14 of 21 - The House of a GI-A Proposal (2009) by Matthew Ritchie. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The House of a GI-A Proposal (2009) by Matthew Ritchie. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 15 of 21 - Experiencing the Void (2009) by Julien De Smedt Architects. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Experiencing the Void (2009) by Julien De Smedt Architects. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 16 of 21 - Shark China (2009) by Zhang Huan. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Shark China (2009) by Zhang Huan. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 17 of 21 - Proposal for One-Year Parade (2009) by Pierre Huyghe. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Proposal for One-Year Parade (2009) by Pierre Huyghe. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 18 of 21 - Z Wave (2009) by Zaha Hadid Architects. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Z Wave (2009) by Zaha Hadid Architects. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 19 of 21 - Erratic Void (2009) by SelgasCano. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Erratic Void (2009) by SelgasCano. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 20 of 21 - Untitled (2009) by Nari Ward. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Untitled (2009) by Nari Ward. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Fills the Void - Photo 21 of 21 - Untitled (Proposal) (2009) by Peter Coffin. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Untitled (Proposal) (2009) by Peter Coffin. On display at the Guggenheim Museum February 12 through April 28, 2010, as part of the exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.