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AD Classics: Kunsthaus Bregenz / Peter Zumthor

AD Classics: Kunsthaus Bregenz / Peter Zumthor
AD Classics: Kunsthaus Bregenz / Peter Zumthor, "Kornmarktstraße 3 Kunsthaus Bregenz in Bregenz" by Böhringer Friedrich licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
"Kornmarktstraße 3 Kunsthaus Bregenz in Bregenz" by Böhringer Friedrich licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

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From the architect. A year after the completion of Therme Vals , renowned minimalist architect, Peter Zumthor completed the design of Kunsthaus Bregenz .  The Kunsthaus museum in Bregenz, Austria is always in a constant state of flux always changing its exhibition spaces to accommodate international contemporary art.  Zumthor’s minimalist design adapts its spaces to the art that is showcased in its exhibits creating a coexisting and redefining relationship between art and architecture.

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The Kunsthaus Bregenz has two main principles to their permanent collection: archives of art architecture and a collection of Contemporary art, which complements the changing exhibition spaces.  The museum strives to be the intersection of art and architecture that opens itself to culture and international influence.

"The art museum stands in the light of Lake Constance. It is made of glass and steel and a cast concrete stone mass which endows the interior of the building with texture and spatial composition. From the outside, the building looks like a lamp. It absorbs the changing light of the sky, the haze of the lake, it reflects light and colour and gives an intimation of its inner life according to the angle of vision, the daylight and the weather."  - Peter Zumthor

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The minimalist structure stands as a light box that absorbs, reflects, and filters light across the façade and throughout the building.  The facades etched, translucent glass glows as it is illuminated by the sunlight, or the interior lighting, becoming a dynamic part of the building as it reacts differently according to the light, time of day, weather, and the surrounding context. 

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The light that is captured by the glass façade gets filtered through a light plenum that catches and distributes the light through the gallery spaces.  The plenum creates atmospheric conditions within the gallery spaces that have a conditional relationship with the exterior, and vice versa.

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The interior of the museum complements the exterior simplicity and minimalist aesthetic.  The gallery spaces are composed of materials that are minimal in design, but highly effectual in detail and atmospheric conditions.  The walls and floor are made of polished concrete, and the ceiling, that filters the light from the plenum, is made of frosted glass.  The basic materials of the interior give the gallery spaces a stark, cold feeling that works to accommodate the art working in the space.  When the light enters through the plenum, the polished concrete seems to dematerialize and wash away allowing for the closed off galleries to become flooded with light.  

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The interior works as a fusion between art and architecture that although extremely different in materiality and composition, the mixture of combination of diffused natural light and the neutral material palette come together cohesively as a contemporary art museum where art nor architecture overshadow the other.

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© Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The buildings structure is minimalist and reductive in the sense that only three walls support the museum and all of its floor plates.  The three concrete walls enclose the gallery spaces and section off the circulation spaces to the perimeter of the building creating a building of seclusion and openness all in one.

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© Flickr User: mightymightymatze

Along with Therme Vals, the Kunsthaus Bregenz put Peter Zumthor at the forefront of architectural minimalism, as well as a dominant creative force in the discipline of architecture.

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Andrew Kroll. "AD Classics: Kunsthaus Bregenz / Peter Zumthor" 27 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/107500/ad-classics-kunsthaus-bregenz-peter-zumthor/>
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ertcoARCH · June 07, 2012

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Dom · February 13, 2012

Very nice, almost like a synthesis of SANAA and Tadao Ando.

Jesse Thompson · February 10, 2012

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IZYKS · January 29, 2011

All categorization is, is finding consistent themes and motifs in a set of works. It's an important tool in analyzing architecture and not at all incompatible with good design.

I would say this fantastic project is quite minimalist. I love the pattern of the windows.

David Potes · January 29, 2011

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Mark Gardner · January 29, 2011

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Rembo · January 28, 2011

You should call Zumthor a minimalist to his face and see what he does. I bet it wouldn't be pretty.

wpgmb · January 28, 2011 09:40 PM

i agree. minimalism is a style like anything else, a fad. good architecture such as this eschews categorization. Zumthor's architecture comes naturally out of the design process, coupled with his intense creativity.

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R. Girardin · January 28, 2011

This building always reminds me of the batcave in the dark night (well... actually batman remind me zumthor...)

up_today_arch · January 28, 2011

I'm going to visit.....

ArchiChavo · January 28, 2011

Without a doubt one of the greatest architects of our times. His body of work is amazing.

Melis · January 28, 2011

I visited this building a few years ago and even on a rainy day in Bregenz, the quality of light in the galleries is spectacular. The absolute purity of the building is remarkable. Beautiful building.

alechs · January 28, 2011

One of Zumthor's most underrated, sophisticated, and successfully executed buildings. In my opinion the Vals Thermal Baths was his rock 'n roll intro but the Kunsthaus Bregenz was where he laid the smack down and became the people's Champion [right eyebrow raised].

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