Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao

Guggenheim Museums
Bilbao, Spain 

This eminently photogenic building by Frank Gehry stands among the most prominent and celebrated structures of the 20th Century. MCH provided acoustical and audiovisual consulting services for the entire facility, covering all aspects of exterior noise control (from bridge and rail traffic) through HVAC noise and vibration control, sound isolation, surface finishes as well as its much-lauded 300 seat auditorium.

  • 118,00sf of Exhibit Space

  • 300 seat multiple-use Auditorium

  • $300M Construction Cost for 118,000sf total

Architect: Gehry Partners
Completion: 1997

"I am writing to communicate our complete satisfaction with the results of the event celebrated in the Auditorium ... where we celebrated the first performance of the Opera Luna by Jose Ma Cano, and where Ainhoa Arteta sang one of the pieces. As you already know, Ainhoa Arteta preferred not to use speakers, and it was a complete success, due to the magnificent acoustics of the Auditorium." 

-Luis Arbide, Director of Cadena Cope, Pais Vasco writing to Frank Gehry on the initial performances