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Event: VIP preview of the BMW Guggenheim Lab designed by Atelier Bow-Wow, opening to the public today at 1 pm.
In the House: OMA New York partner Shohei Shigematsu, SO-IL architects Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, Storefront for Art & Architecture director Eva Franch, and a scheiße-load of German journalists.
Menu: Roberta's in name only as there was no pizza to be seen, only some odd pieces of ham on a platter and downright tasty locally-grown eggplant and tomato nibbles.
Dress code: Black, with air vents.
Soundtrack: A DJ hit the tables after a lone saxophonist jammed out under the pavilion.
What We Saw: A long and skinny minimalist open-air structure unbounded on the sides and covered above by a carbon frame and two layers of vinyl mesh fabric. White curtains can be drawn around the perimeter of the 1st Street entrance for shade. The pavilion's vaulted ceiling area holds an impressive display of multimedia, from giant TV screens to A/V equipment. Cages holding tables and benches for the think tank can be lowered to the ground, then stored on high to accommodate crowds.
The Skinny: According to Guggenheim curator David van der Leer, "his team requested a 'non-iconic building' in its brief to Bow-Wow," a radical departure from the Guggenheim's starchitecture habit.
· BMW Guggenheim Lab coverage [Curbed]