Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
The regenerative potency of Frank Gehry’s masterpiece museum in Bilbao has altered the language of urban development, giving rise to the phrase ‘Guggenheim effect’. Delivered on time, within budget and generating nearly €200m for the Basque region since its 1997 opening, the museum is rightly heralded as an example of project management to aspire to. Success on this scale may have seemed unlikely, with a visionary architect at the helm and a complex blend of local and provincial government and private sector partners. However, political continuity over the course of the project and, in Gehry, an architect who listened to the client proved a winning combination.