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Kunsthaus Museum in Bregenz

November 2008 at our architectural practice

Kunsthaus Museum in BregenzKunsthaus Museum visit

A visit to the Kunsthaus Museum in Bregenz by the architect Peter Zumthor.

Kunsthaus Museum in BregenzExhibition space, Kunsthaus Museum
Since its opening in 1997, the artistic centre "Kunsthaus Bregenz" - a building by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor - has become known as one of the most important museums of modern art in the German-speaking world. It set on the edge of Lake Bodensee in Bregenz - one and a half hours from Zurich or Munich, and is as accessible from Paris as it is from Vienna.

Simple in design, almost like an industrial building, the details are nevertheless very refined.  What is remarkable is the flooring - a concrete and acrylic resin terrazzo over a large surface area without any movement joints. A very technical point within a building that has many interesting architectural aspects.     
The elevations are made of frosted glass panels making the building appear like a cube of glass. This allows for an impressive display of light at night time. Internally all five levels of the museum, each a square room of pure concrete, are softened like velvet and bathed by natural light that penetrates through the glass skin.  In fact it is a double skin façade with lights between the two layers. With lights also in the suspended glass ceiling, it is possible to adjust the lighting of the interior to suit the natural conditions and even play with the lighting effects on the installations. Even when the museum is closed, the lights create special effects externally towards the lake. 
Kunsthaus Museum in BregenzConstruction detail
Kunsthaus Museum in BregenzConstruction detail
Kunsthaus Museum in Bregenz, designed by Peter Zumthor is not only one of the most beautiful contemporary museums in Europe, but also has a wealth of interesting artistic and cultural events in it's programme. When we visited there was an exhibition of work by Jan Fabre which was pretty good too!     

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