MAPEI makes history at the Guggenheim
May 28, 2008
MAPEI was recently selected to supply materials used in the restoration of the exterior of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Since the famous spiral building opened in 1959, the exterior has been beset by cracks, affecting its aesthetic qualities and risking corrosion within its steel reinforcements. In 2004 the Guggenheim initiated a four-year restoration process that included extensive monitoring and product testing.
After removing 12 layers of coatings which had been applied over the years, two firms retained by the Guggenheim, the architectural conservation firm Integrated Conservation Resources (ICR) and the structural engineering firm Robert Silman Associates, PC, mapped every crack in the exposed surface.