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Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA, USA

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Date: opened in 2000

Architect: Frank Gehry

Purpose: Museum of music history

More info: Experience Music Project(EMP) was founded by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. It is a museum of music history sited near the Space Needle and is by one of the two stops on the Seattle Center Monorail, which runs through the building. The museum contains mostly rock memorabilia and technology-intensive multimedia displays. The structure is also home to the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. Designed by Frank Gehry, the building resembles many of his firm’s sheet-metal construction works, such as Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall and Gehry Tower. The structure contains 140,000 square feet (13,000 m2), with a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) footprint.

Herbert Muschamp (New York Times architecture critic) described it as “something that crawled out of the sea, rolled over, and died.” Forbes magazine called it one of the world’s 10 ugliest buildings

Experience Music Project Picture1

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Experience Music Project Picture2

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5 Responses to “Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA, USA”

  1. tad Says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    also noted by ENR (engineering news record) as one of the top engineering marvels…

  2. Thom Says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    I live in Seattle, and maybe in pictures this looks like a cool building, but if you actually go up to it, it is rather ugly. If you see it from a distance it even looks rather ugly.
    I do think I have an appreciation for architecture, but in real life this building failed. Just my thoughts.

  3. Trisha Says:
    February 18th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I can’t top the Herbert Muschamp’s comment! Dead on bizarre!

  4. Sarit Says:
    May 12th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Yes it is ugly but you have failed to mention that it is supposed to be resembling the inner ear. It doesn’t make it any prettier but more comprehensive.

  5. Rich Says:
    October 13th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Not my favorite Gehry building but it is cool. Been there a few times and I think it’s great in person as well as photos.