Designed by two rebels from Switzerland, Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the project created a controversy and wide protests in the city way before it was built. I was there a few years ago, when only the ugly structure dominated this part of the Golden Gate Park. It was a sorry view, I must admit. It looked better this time with the perforated copper skin around the skeleton and, I assume, it will look much better, when the copper starts oxidizing and blending with the lush park greenery.
An old blue-hair lady, bless her heart, saw me photographing the building and, rightly so, presumed I know something about architecture. "Young man," she said (well, thank you darling, I'll take it), "Is this considered to be a great piece of architecture or a piece of junk?"
"Time will tell us, ma'am", I responded diplomatically, without realizing she might never get to know the answer, considering her age.
Don't look for a physical resemblance to the real building here, as I just tried to catch the spirit of the architecture created these two crazy guys that I admire so much. To see how it looks in the real world, google-image "De Young Museum + San Francisco".
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