Kunsthaus Weiz, Cultural Centre Austria, Dietmar Feichtinger Design, Alps Building Images

Kunsthaus Weiz, Austria

Austrian Cultural Centre Building design by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

2 Aug 2011

Dates built: 2003-05

Location: near Graz, southeast Austria

Design: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Austrian Cultural Centre

Kunsthaus Weiz: Austrian Cultural Centre

Kunsthaus Weiz

The community lacked an adequately meeting hall. Through the erection of a new fire station at the edge of Weiz a site at the heart of the town became available, directly opposite the headquarters of the local industrial giant. The location is marked by small, two-storey baroque and 19th century buildings, the street grid and the squares of the immediately adjoining old town are essentially mediaeval. The response to this situation is subtle and intelligent.

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The core of the public hall is situated at the centre. Even seen from a distance it emerges at roof level as a “hard” cubic volume. Around this functional and semantic centre are positioned the buffer zones of the foyer, the exhibition spaces and the open spaces, while at an appropriate distance (the width of a lane) is placed an additional office building. The dimensions of the new building are integrated and translated into this historic urban mesh by modelling from this mass of “soft” elements. This is most strikingly shown at the side elevation of the building.

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Here the building lines a newly created small side street on the opposite side of which Feichtinger has erected an attractive office building that in turn absorbs the impetus of the impinging small town microstructure at its rear and channels this energy into the new side street through an opening in an otherwise hermetic façade.

On the other side of the street, on the facade of the Kunsthaus, the dominant motif is that of a “wave” that formulates the change in height from the two-storey neighbouring buildings at the rear to the imposing three-storey ELIN building opposite the front of the Kunsthaus and makes it an aesthetic theme at cornice level. All these mediating elements of the building are made of glass, while the “massive” parts on the west side of the building are clad in copper.

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The interior of this building with its continuous full-height glazing, its generously broad foyer, its glowing bar at first floor level running around the central events hall (capacity 645), and with its attached exhibition areas speaks a nonchalant language that employs precision. The entire ground floor is reserved for a supermarket that is intended to attract numbers of visitors who will also animate the old town centre. For this reason the large hall is positioned above the supermarket and is directly reached from the side street by a staircase (plus lift). On the basement levels there are car parking spaces.

The hall itself, equipped with a stage, a gallery and a high-tech booth, offers above all an aesthetic experience. The black walls are additionally covered with a metal mesh that can be illuminated in different colours by light diodes.

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Kunsthaus Weiz Kultur und Geschäftszentrum – Building Information

Projekt / Project: Kunsthaus Weiz Kultur- und Geschäftszentrum

Addresse / Address: Elingasse 6 / Rathausgasse 3, 8160 Weiz

Bauherr / client: BOOTES-Immorent GrundverwertungsgmbH, vertreten durch Immorent Süd GmbH, für die Stadtgemeinde Weiz

Addresse Bauherr / Address client: BOOTES-Immorent GrundverwertungsgmbH Windmühlgasse 22-24, 1060 Wien vertreten durch: Immorent Süd GmbH Andreas-Hofer-Platz 17, 8010 Graz

Architekt / Architect: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes Architect Dipl.-Ing. Dietmar Feichtinger 11, rue des Vignoles, F-75020 Paris Rienösslgasse 11, A-1040 Wien

Team Wettbewerb / Team Competition: Ursula Märzendorfer, Christian Pichler, Barbara Feichtinger-Felber, Daniel Gibbons

Projektleitung Planung / Projet team leader: Arch. DI Herbert Schwarzmann

Team Planung / Team planning: DI Thomas Groser, DI Simone Breitkopf, Claire Bodenez Architect DPLG

Statik / structural consultant: DI Reinhold Svetina Gabelsbergerstraße 2, 9020 Klagenfurt

Grundstücksfläche / site area: 3.895 m2
Nutzfläche / floor area: 7.150 m2 Gesamt

Wettbewerb / competition: 1998 1. Preis
Planungsbeginn / start of planning: 2002
Baubeginn / start of construction: Nov 2003
Fertigstellung / completion: May 2005

Photos: Paul Ott, Kernstockgasse 22/24/III, A-8020 Graz
tel +43 664 10 20 626 ; +43 316 89 05 31 fax +43 316 89 05 15
office(at)paul-ott.at ; www.paul-ott.at

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Weiz Cultural Centre design : Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Phone: +43 3172 2319620

Address: Rathausgasse 3, 8160 Weiz, Austria, central Europe

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