Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Kunsthaus Graz/ BIX by Spacelab Cook-Fournier

Kunsthaus Graz

The blue shimmering Kunsthaus floats above like a bubble of air. The smoothness double skin forming an environmental enclosure that resembles neither roofs nor walls nor floors but a seamless morphing of the three.
Kunsthaus Graz/ BIX
Design Team: Peter Cook & Colin Fournier of Arge Kunsthaus, realities:united
Location: Graz, Austria
When to visit: completion 2003

The designers of this project, the London architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, created an impressive synthesis which unites their innovative design language with the historic setting of this urban district along the Mur. The aesthetic dialogue between the new biomorphic structure on the bank of the Mur and the old clock tower on Graz’s famous Schlo├čberg (Castle Hill) is the trade-mark of a city aiming to create a productive tension between tradition and avant-garde. In content as well as from an urbanistic point of view, the new Kunsthaus Graz acts as an interface between past and future.

The Kunsthaus Graz is an exhibition hall designed for international exhibitions of multidisciplinary modern and contemporary art. The Kunsthaus will not collect art, it will not institute permanent exhibitions, nor will it have depots or research facilities. It will serve exclusively for the presentation and mediation of a wide range of contemporary artistic productions. The exhibition activities of the Kunsthaus will be determined in agreement and in cooperation with the Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Styria's museum for modern and contemporary art, with a long and rich tradition.

BIX
BIX
Kunsthaus Graz

Berlin based realities:united conceives, designs and realises a 900m2 large media installation made of light rings for the eastern facade of the Kunsthaus Graz. BIX – the title of the installation - will be mounted beneath the acrylic glass surface of the building facing the river and city centre. It can be seen as an urban screen: a new instrument and platform for artistic production. The Kunsthaus uses BIX to project its communicative aspect into public space.

BIX is a matrix of 930 fluorescent lamps integrated into the facade. Through the possibility to individually adjust the lamps’ brightness at an infinite variability with 20 frames/second images, films and animations can be displayed. Each lamp serves as a pixel, which can be controlled individually by a central computer. That way simple signs, images and films in low resolution can be generated over the whole Eastern front. realities:united’s main concern is not technology but the interaction between media, architecture and the activity of the Kunsthaus.

Kunsthaus Graz
Kunsthaus Graz

The BIX media installation and the Kunsthaus’ architecture share a strong symbiotic relationship. The facade as a display extends the communication range of the Kunsthaus, complementing its programmatically formulated communicative purpose.In an abstract and mediated form the media facade transmits the internal processes of the Kunsthaus out into the public.

BIX functions as membrane between the museum and public space by which the Kunsthaus identifies and presents itself. However at the same time the communicating skin is also a potential working platform for art projects, which address the interaction between media and space.

BIX
Kunsthaus Graz
Kunsthaus Graz

via realities:united | Kunsthaus Graz

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who is paying for this? What is the cost per square foot? Who wrote the first paragraph?