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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 Art Museum opened its doors back in 2003. Created as part of the European Capital of Culture 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, this oversize urban screen features light sources under its skin, which are computer controlled and are used for massive displays communicating with its environment. While the glazed outer skin takes an important mediating role, it also generates power through integrated photovoltaic units.

+ Kunsthaus Graz

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Photos by Eduardo Martinez, Nicolas Lackner, Christian Plach