This landmark museum exhibit, Guggenheim’s first at the Venetian Casino Resort in Las Vegas, presented the history of motorcycles and technology with over 120 motorcycles on display from 1868 to the present. Designed by architect Frank O. Gehry, the exhibit represents his most ambitious installation to date. Featuring curved polished stainless steel walls, towering chain-link curtains and glass floors, the new design responds to both the massive scale of the Guggenheim Las Vegas and the materials and craftsmanship of the motorcycles themselves.
Lochsa Engineering provided structural design services for the mirrored and chain-link walls as well as the exhibit focal point, a 45-foot tall glass box centered in the museum space. The box, constructed over an existing 32-foot wide trench, consisted of custom steel pipe trusses enclosed with tinted glass walls and a translucent glass floor. The free form walls were engineered and constructed utilizing rolled structural steel pipe wrapped with a light gauge substrate and clad in mirrored stainless steel. A unique steel channel, pipe-to-pipe connection was designed to facilitate the placement of material on site and maximize construction flexibility while minimizing field labor.