1. BIOMUSEO - PANAMA CITY , PANAMA
When cargo boats and cruise ships pass through the Panama Canal, the Biomuseo is one of the first things they see. Located on the Amador Causeway, the Biomuseo (also referred to as The Biodiversity Museum: Panama Bridge of Life) was famous architect Frank Gehry’s first addition to Central America. Bright, interesting and fun, the museum continues to hold the coveted spot for one of Gehry’s most famous pieces of architecture.
To design the building, Gehry drew inspiration from his wife, a Panamanian. The building took well over a decade to complete and was finally completed on a 60 million dollar budget in 2014. Although most museums are built so travellers can tour the interior, the Biomuseo’s exterior could hold any travellers attention for the duration of a trip.
The exterior of the Biomuseo is made up of sharp angles and radical shapes. The entire metal roof (there seem to be a total of 10 roofs covering the building at different spots) is painted in bright colours. Gehry chose bright colours to pay homage to the city’s wealth of diversity and culture.