Experience Music Project
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Architect Frank Gehry
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Location Seattle, Washington   map
Date 1999 to 2000   timeline
Building Type participatory museum of music
 Construction System fabricated steel frame clad with shotcrete and sheet metal panels
Climate mild temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes A "black box" in a voluptuously undulating musical form. Dedicated to Jimi Hendrix, commissioned by Paul Allen.


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Discussion Experience Music Project Commentary

"In 1969 a screaming, reverberating rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Jimi Hendrix seemed to herald an end to innocence. His resonant lyric "Are you experienced?" is now recalled in the name of software billionaire Paul G. Allen's Experience Music Project. Hendrix would have appreciated the design approach to Seattle's new museum of pop music.

"Architect Frank O. Gehry has made a career out of bending vertical and horizontal lines of building construction into something defiant and sometimes poetic. With Seattle's EMP, opened just over a week before the Fourth of July, he has met his perfect client in Allen and his metaphorical match in rock-'n'-roll. The resulting architecture is a unique performance and a new landmark on the edge of the Seattle Center."

— Clair Enlow, "Frank Gehry Rock Temple", in ArchitectureWeek No. 9, 2000.0712

Sources on Experience Music Project

Clair Enlow, "Frank Gehry Rock Temple", in ArchitectureWeek No. 9, 2000.0712

Architectural Review, circa September 2000.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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Frank Gehry Rock TempleArticle in ArchitectureWeek No. 9, 2000.0712.

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