MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture), originally called the Experience Museum Project – EMP (Experience Museum Project), was designed by Frank Gehry and built between 1995 and 2000. Initiated by one of Microsoft’s founders, Paul Allen, this experimental Museumstep is a project to foster musical culture through technology, media, experience and activity. Famous guitarist Jimi Hendrix was a big influence on Paul Allen when he started this project.
Located next to Seattle’s Space Needle, MoPOP is a museum that supports the creative and innovative nature of American music culture with its architectural features. Naturally, a dynamic and innovative architect like Frank Gehry was chosen to turn such an exciting idea into a building. Gehry’s curvilinear structures, each clad in different colors and features, form the building of the museum.
The wavy, fragmented shape that makes up the museum also references the famous scene in which Jimi Hendrix smashed his Fender Stratocaster guitar during a concert. The museum building, which resembles a disassembled guitar, takes visitors inside to explore and experience the history of music.
MoPOP is a project that uses a combination of different colors and textures. Blue represents Fender guitars. Gold represents his Gibson Les Paul his guitar and red represents his truck the red pickups used by the former rock star. We aim to appeal to the emotions of visitors through colors and textures.
MoPOP is one of Seattle’s landmarks. A monorail built for the city’s established fair in 1962 and connected to the city’s central point passes through the structure. Monorail users can therefore experience this extraordinary museum while moving around the city.
The museum’s program is divided into six parts in total, and the exhibition structure is composed of three-dimensional pieces that are put together like a puzzle. Sky Church, Crossroads, Sound Lab, Artist’s Journey, Electric Library, Ed. House visitors embark on a musical journey through these sections called Houses.
Skychurch is a concept developed by Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix believed that the power of music could bring people of diverse backgrounds together.Architecturally, Sky His Church serves as a large gathering place at the center of the museum. Crossroads is a series of exhibits that intersect the various traditions and perspectives that make up American pop music.
Sound Lab operates as a music lab where visitors can establish relationships between music, science and technology. The Artist’s Journey section tells the story of the famous artist’s life and the chain of events he encountered in his music career.
The e-library serves as a useful multimedia archive for those who wish to access these contents inside and outside the museum. Ed. Houses are units established for public education, and music education takes place here. In addition to the exhibition area, the building also houses a restaurant, museum shop, office, support area, and underground storage.
architectBy Frank O. Gehry and Associates
position: Seattle, Washington, USA
year of construction: 1995-2000
highest: 25 meters at Skychurch
widest: 64 meters on West Harrison Street
length: 110 meters on 5th Avenue N