Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Transparency Strength: 2 projects

2 projects i have been/am following in the past months.

Museion [Bolzano, Italy] - opened in May.
KSV Architects, Berlin
" The building’s cubic shape is charged with strong visual impact, and the architecture itself is a vehicle of dialog: the front and rear facades are largely transparent, and place the city’s historical center in dialog with some of its more recent areas, as well as with the meadows that flank the Talvera River. The new Museion building presents itself as an equally physical and symbolic links between the two parts of the city.
At night these facades become highly suggestive surfaces for the projection of newly commissioned artworks".

New Ars Electronica Center [Linz, Austria] - works in progress
Treusch Architects, Wien
"A new, multilevel wing is being erected immediately adjacent to the existing building. The two structures will be wrapped in a backlit glass shell that creates a unitary architectural ensemble. This cityscape highlight will function as a transparent light sculpture in its own right and the architectural counterpart of the Lentos across the Danube. The eastern end curves upward and features steps/tiered seating; the space directly below this will house the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Generously dimensioned exhibition spaces will be located beneath the plaza. The expanded Ars Electronica Center will feature approximately 6,500 m2 of space, almost 4,000 m2 more than the current facility. Completion is set for the end of 2008, just in time for the kickoff of the Capital of Culture year".