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New York City has been called the greatest city in the world numerous times by its own people and visitors to the city New York is civilizations greatest world within a city It gives the overpowering impression of being a magnet and mirror for all of humanity and all that humanity does For a city so young New York is home to number of architectural classics Two of these masterpieces of architecture are the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum Both continue the metaphor of New York being a world within a world and possess the latent fusion of form and function one dependent on the other The Metropolitan Museum is the epitome of neo-Classical style while the Guggenheim is a modernist powerhouse Each museum serves the same purpose displaying humanitys greatest achievements By comparing and contrasting their history location faade and interior I will investigate how they arrive at this goal in contrasting styles Location of a building is significant often giving an insight into the edifices function The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum is located on Fifth Avenue between 88th and 89th streets picture1 It was commissioned by Solomon Guggenheim in 1943 Guggenheim chose Frank Lloyd Wright to design a new building to house Guggenheims four-year-old Museum of non objective painting Wright was reluctant on New York being chosen as the city to house the museum but he finally decided on its current location Its proximity to Central Park was a vital factor in his decision - the park offers a respite to the hustle and bustle of the city and gets as close to nature as possible in the City picture 2 Like Robie House and Falling Water the museum is a product of its environment and finds its inspiration from nature As is stated on the official website the Guggenheim Museum is an embodiment of Wrights attempts to render the inherent plasticity of organic forms in architecture People visit the
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