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Kunsthaus Graz

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City, Country Graz, Austria
Year 2000–2003
Client Kunsthaus Graz AG
Architect spacelab UK Peter Cook, Colin Fournier
Services Structural Engineering
Facts GFA: 8,300 m² | Gross volume: 65,300 m³
Awards Architecture + Technology Award 2006, 1st prize | RIBA European Award 2004, Award

The Art Museum in the City of Graz is located neighbouring to the "Eisernes Haus" - the earliest cast iron building in Austria, which also provides access to the new building. In collaboration with the architect a method was developed which transferred the two-sided curved building shell from the architectural model to a digital 3D-model.

The structure mainly consists of two elements, the skin comprising aluminium and steel light-weight construction and the interior solid reinforced concrete and composite construction. The optimizing of the structure of the "skin" was achieved iteratively by a continuous adaptation of the parallel conducted structural analysis and the parameters of the applied materials.

This project has been executed by the architects in collaboration with Bollinger+Grohmann.

Structural Engineering
© ARGE Kunsthaus - Gernot Stangl
© Harry Schiffer
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