KUNSTHAUS AN EXHIBITION HALL FOR MODERN AND CONTEMPORY ART Graz


Client: Kunsthaus Graz AG, Graz
Location: Südtirolerplatz 2, A-8020 Graz
Design Architect: spacelab cook/fournier, London
Overall management Partner Architect: Architektur Consult ZT GmbH, Graz
Construction: Bollinger&Grohmann, Frankfurt
Start of planning: 05/2000
Start of construction: 12/2001
Completion: 09/2003
Built-up area: 1.492 m²
Total area: 15.050 m²
Built-in area: 65.300 m²
Exhibition space: 2.880 m²
Cost: 40 Mio Euro

On the banks of the river Mur, on the corner of the Südtirolerplatz and the Lendkai, Graz will soon have a new architectural landmark: the Kunsthaus Graz. The designers of this project, the London architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, are creating an impressive synthesis which unites their innovative design language with the historic setting of this urban district along the Mur. The spectacular play between the new biomorphic structure on the bank of the Mur and the old clock tower on Graz’s famous Schlossberg (Castle Hill) is sure to become 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 will act as an interface between past and future. On the occasion of the European Cultural Capital 2003 activities, the City of Graz is giving itself the Kunsthaus, a gift for the future.

Photos: Nicki Lackner, Graz