Check out the sensual curves and dazzling sheen of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, designed by architect Frank Gehry. It's the most significant work of architecture in the past 30 years, according to experts. Check out some others below.


Vanity Fair surveyed 52 architectural experts, including 11 Pritzker Prize winners, to find out the most significant piece of architecture since 1980, for its August issue. Gehry's building was the overwhelming winner. Here are the most startling, spaceworthy-looking or just gorgeous images from the 21 runners up. Check out the rest over at the link. [Vanity Fair]

Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, by Frank Gehry, photographed by Peter Knaup

Mediatheque Building by Toyo Ito, photo by Hiro Sakaguchi

Seattle Central Library by Rem Koolhaas, photo by Robert Polidori

Cartier Foundation Paris by Jean Nouvel, photo by Jean Nouvel

Jewish Museum in Berlin by Daniel Liebeskind, photo by Jens Ziehel

Yokohama Port Terminal by Foreign Office Architects, photo by Satoru Mishima

BMW Welt Munich by COOP Himmelblau

Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, photo by Iwan Baan

Casa De Musica in Porto, Portugal, by Rem Koolhaas, photo by Christian Richters

Lloyds Building in London by Sir Richard Rogers, photo by Joe Fletcher - ESTO