A museum for Herbert Liaunig’s extensive, private art collection that regarding its remote location needs to attract visitors and create a space for contemplative indulgence in art. At the same time, the budget and the building operating expenses should be kept to a minimum.

Client: HL Museumsverwaltung GmbH, Dkm. Herbert Liaunig
Architects: querkraft architects, www.querkraft.at
effective area: 7.700 m²
Structural engineering: werkraum wien ingenieure zt gmbh
Project management: werkstatt wien

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Opening in 2008

In order to keep the expenses low and the energy strategy optimal is 95% of the building underground – the excavated earth has been distributed on the site. When entering the building one passes by a large viewable storage area, a wine cellar for art, which leads to the light filled main hall, the central space of the building. As a contradictory to the contemplative viewing of art, in this space visitors get a dramatic orchestration intensified through the views of the surrounding terrain. The impression of being underground does not occur.

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Minor expansion in 2010

The client could be persuaded to give up the idea of constructing a detached hall on the edge of the forest which was intended for storage of sculptures and equipment. Rather than the original idea, a cone shaped room was efficiently molded out of fermentation tanks and is perceived as a small mound in the landscape from the outside. Primarily this room was not constructed for the public viewing; however, this sacral-like storage has quickly found its function being changed to an exhibition space.

Class listed monument, 2012

The museum was opened in 2008 and was declared as a listed monument in 2012. With that, the building became the youngest building in Austria to be placed under preservation order.

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The big expansion in 2015

This expansion that was already a part of the 2006 competition proposal, could finally take its form in 2015. In addition to storage areas and the sculpture garden, a new space for temporary exhibitions has been added by the main entrance. A long, underground corridor connects the existing sculpture storage area built in 2012 with the rest of the museum. Attached to the gold collection room, the new underground rooms for glass and miniature collections have been added and made accessible through a long ramp. With the new measures it was important to create a relationship to the outside, providing the visitors with an experience related to the surrounding scenery as well as the building itself. With that in mind, the selective skylights, a glass gate on the end of the long corridor and the triangular atrium are an important part of the concept. The temporary exhibition space, with the inclusion of a library-gallery, has been optically enlarged from 500m2 exhibition space to 700m2 suspended ceiling covering the exhibition space and the library.

About querkraft architects

Jakob Dunkl, Gerd Erhartt and Peter Sapp

The architecture office located in Vienna exists since 1998. Numerous projects have been realised nationally and internationally. By orders of well-known clients almost 100 projects have been realised since its foundation. Jakob Dunkl, Gerd Erhartt and Peter Sapp work with a team of about 40 employees. Regarding their philosophy ‚give people space‘ the architecture office is one of the most experienced and prestigious in residential construction in particular. querkraft was awarded the state prize for “architecture and sustainability” by the Ministry of Life in 2013, for the project U31 (Vienna). querkraft has also realised projects in the areas of office and special purpose property, like museums.

Current projects: ‘Lakeside’ – residential high rise (Austria, Vienna-Aspern), Museum konkreter Kunst (Germany, Ingolstadt), ZAC Clichy Batignolles – residential block and school (France, Paris), DS90 dresdnerstraße – residential high rise (Vienna, Austria) etc.



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