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PHOTOGRAPHY / architecture

Guggenheim Museum. Frank Lloyd Wright

Manhattan, NY

photos:  Jian Yong Khoo

The Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright, an inverted zigurrat within the urban metropolis of Manhattan – the unconventional layout of the museum makes for a playful visual experience.

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architasters / project by Natalie Donat-Cattin and Jian Yong Khoo. It is a platform for speculation and discussion, functioning as a complementary repository for their design work.