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Kunsthaus Graz
A museum for contemporary art in Graz

About this web site In 2000 the london-based architects spacelab won the competition for a new museum for contemporary art in Graz, Austria. They proposed a transparent, blue, organic shell that looked like a hovering piece of jelly. The city of Graz insisted to finish it by the end of 2003 - Graz would hold the prestigious title of a 'cultural capital of europe' for that year.
Despite the short deadline it was built in time - 5000 sq m made of steel, foamglass and acrylics, following an arbitrarily curved surface.
As a member of the core planning team (from apr 2001 until completion in nov 2003) it was my task to design the geometry of the building's free-formed shell.

The following pages are focused around a few specific considerations concerning the design process. Should you be interested in a general introduction to the project please see the links on the credits page.