- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -

Austria’s Blob-Shaped Kunsthaus Graz Art Museum Generates its Own Solar Power

Posted By Ana Lisa On April 21, 2014 @ 1:00 pm In Architecture,gallery,Renewable Energy,Solar Power | 1 Comment

Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Vienna, Art Museum, photovoltaic units, solar energy, Sir Peter Cook, Colin Fournier, solar energy, blob, architecture, energy efficient

Located on the west bank of the River Mur in the his­toric center, the Graz [4] Art Museum opened its doors back in 2003. Created as part of the European Capital of Culture  [5]celebrations, the one-of-a-kind building rapidly became a city landmark. Measuring 27,000 square foot, this massive building was designed for showcasing contemporary art exhibitions, new media displays and hosting events.

Far from your average “white cube” art gallery, the Kunsthaus Graz is covered by thousands of semitransparent acrylic glass panels that form a “BIX Façade” (a combination of the words “Big” and “pixels”). Designed by Berlin design firm realities:united [6], this oversize urban screen features light sources under its skin, which are computer controlled and are used for massive displays [7] communicating with its environment. While the glazed outer skin takes an important mediating role, it also generates power through integrated photovoltaic units.

+ Kunsthaus Graz [8]

Via Ignant [9]

Photos by Eduardo Martinez, Nicolas Lackner, Christian Plach


Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com

URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/austrias-blob-shaped-kunsthaus-graz-art-museum-generates-its-own-solar-power/

URLs in this post:

[1]

: http://inhabitat.com/austrias-blob-shaped-kunsthaus-graz-art-museum-generates-its-own-solar-power/peter-cook-friendly-alien-solar-energy-kunsthaus-1/?extend=1

[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/austrias-blob-shaped-kunsthaus-graz-art-museum-generates-its-own-solar-power/peter-cook-friendly-alien-solar-energy-kunsthaus-2/?extend=1

[3] Peter Cook: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Cook_(architect)

[4] Graz: http://www.graz.at/EN/

[5] European Capital of Culture : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Capital_of_Culture

[6] realities:united: http://www.realities-united.de/

[7] displays: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/talk-to-me-exhibit-at-moma-examines-communication-bewteen-people-objects/

[8] + Kunsthaus Graz: http://www.museum-joanneum.at/en/kunsthaus

[9] Ignant: http://www.ignant.de/2013/05/23/kunsthaus-graz/

Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.