Above: The exterior of Biomuseo, designed by Frank Gehry, in Panama City

A colorful jumble of folded shapes located on the far end of the Amador Causeway, Biomuseo stands at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. With more than 44,000 square feet of exhibition space, this unconventional free-form building has eight display rooms for permanent exhibitions related to technology, science and art. Like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the edifice is asymmetrical and includes renowned architect Frank Gehry’s trademark sloped metal canopies. In this case, an open-air atrium is encircled by two levels of galleries topped by undulating roof panels of different shapes and sizes clad in red, blue, green, yellow and orange.

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