Above: The Pérez Art Museum, designed by Herzog & de Meuron

Sometimes a single building can transform the image of a city. Despite the traumas, tantrums and cost overruns associated with its construction, theSydney Opera Housequickly came to symbolize a commitment to creativity and modernity. No longer a colonial outpost at the bottom of the world, Sydney was suddenly perceived as a dynamic Pacific Rim metropolis. The rusting steel town of Bilbao was similarly given an unexpected new identity by the titanium whorls of Frank Gehry’sGuggenheim museum.

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Above: The Pérez Art Museum, designed by Herzog & de Meuron

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