Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim and 28 Other Magnificent Sites Have Been Added to the UNESCO World Heritage List—See Them Here
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the ancient ironworks of Burkina Faso, and the ruins of the Babylonian empire in Iran are among the new additions to UNESCO‘s World Heritage List. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization added 29 sites to the list during the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from among 35 nominations.
The selections range from the nearly 300-year-old city of Jaipur, famed for its architecture and urban planning, to the Jodrell Bank Observatory in the UK, founded in 1945 and considered one of the world’s most important radio astronomy observatories.
Also included is a multi-site designation of eight major buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, including the Guggenheim, the Fallingwater house in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, and Hollyhock House in Los Angeles. This is the first time that UNESCO has recognized Modern architecture in the US on the list.
The Guggenheim, completed in 1959, is known for its unique cylindrical design, with a continuous ramp of galleries circling the rotunda and ending just below the massive ceiling skylight. It was previously recognized as a New York City Landmark in 1990 and a National Historic Landmark in 2008. The building, located on Fifth Avenue along New York’s Museum Mile, was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
The committee also recognized several natural landscapes, including Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park, the literal land of fire and ice with its subglacial volcanos, and Iran’s Hyrcanian Forests, an ancient grove notable for both its age—25 million to 50 million years old—and its biodiversity, with 44 percent of its plant species found nowhere else in the world.
Founded in 1978, the World Heritage list comprises over 1,100 significant natural, historical, and cultural landmarks across the world.
See photographs of the new additions to UNESCO’s World Heritage List below.
The Jodrell Bank Observatory, UK. Photo by Anthony Holloway, courtesy of UNESCO.