Culture and City Marketing
In 1997, the Guggenheim Museum opened in Bilbao, and Frank Gehry’s eccentric new building transformed the Basque city into an overnight hotspot for international tourism. Many places and cultural institutions have since emulated this model. The so-called Bilbao effect became a recipe for city marketing success, and starchitect Frank Gehry its guarantor.
In this concept issue of Detail, we bring you theatre and museum buildings that do not rely on the Bilbao effect but derive the significance of their architecture from their context. Large and small, these structures in Tyrol, Schleswig-Holstein, Geneva, and Aragon integrate well with their urban environment or natural landscape, becoming a part of it. Our process documentations take a deep dive into the extension of Kunsthaus Zurich by Chipperfield Architects Berlin and the Volkstheater in Munich by LRO Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei. Enjoy the issue! Sandra Hofmeister
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A zero-energy media facade
Novartis Pavilion in Basel by Michele De Lucchi and AMDL Circle
A place for encounters: the Novartis Pavilion in Basel was created by Italian designer and architect Michele De Lucchi; it joins science, sustainability and art. Moreover, the circular exhibition building is impressive due to its innovative zero-energy media facade.
An additive building ensemble
Auditorium in Aragon by Magén Arquitectos
This cultural building by Magén Arquitectos, which is located in the northern Spanish town of Illueca, follows the style of the small-scale structures around it.
A sensitive extension
New Building for the Kunsthaus Zürich
An atmospheric, tightly woven architecture film invites viewers on a voyage of discovery through David Chipperfield’s new building for the Kunsthaus Zürich.
Immersive Experience Rooms or Walk-In Archives – What Sort of Spaces Does Art Need?
Four basic constellations for museum space concepts.
Ibex Museum in Tyrol by Rainer Köberl and Daniela Kröss
Rising in tower-like fashion, the Ibex Museum in Pitztal offers maximal views on a minimal ground plan.
Cube clad in natural stone
Extension for Kunsthaus Zürich by David Chipperfield Architects
David Chipperfield Architects' extension has doubled Kunsthaus Zürich in terms of area, making it the largest art museum in Switzerland.
Winning project in Solar Decathlon competition
Roofkit Upward Extension Takes First Prize in the SDE 21/22 in Wuppertal
In June the Roofkit Team at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) won the Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22 in Wuppertal. Current photos show the project in detail.
Barbara Buser on Circular Building
In her projects, Swiss architect Barbara Buser seeks uncomplicated solutions for recycling used building components.
Arno Lederer on the Münchner Volkstheater
What does it mean to build a people’s theatre? Stuttgart architect Arno Lederer, founder of LRO Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei, provides some answers.
Culture and City Marketing – Editorial Detail 9.2022
In our concept issue of September, we bring you theatre and museum buildings that do not rely on the Bilbao effect but derive the significance of their architecture from their context.
Rescued from the siding
Kulturbahnhof Cultural Hub in Aalen
Refurbishment of a former railway repair workshop in Aalen by Ackermann + Raff provides the city a new cultural hub.
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Urban Green 7/8.2022
Especially in big dense cities, roofs and facades are the only places left to make things greener.
Simple and Affordable 6.2022
“Doing away with everything superfluous creates the potential for an architectural quality all of its own,” says Florian Nagler about “simple building” in an interview with Frank Kaltenbach.
Prefabrication Modular Construction 5.2022
Naturstein und Hochlochziegel, Ortbeton und Stampflehm in vorproduzierten Elementen: Für die Massivbauweise kommen viele unterschiedliche Materialien in Frage, und oft ist ihre Anwendung regional motiviert.
Solid Construction 4.2022
Natural stone and perforated bricks, cast-in-place concrete, and rammed earth in prefabricated elements – these are just a few of the diverse materials used in solid construction, and their use is often regionally motivated.
Urban Housing 3.2022
“A villa in the countryside with a large terrace, in front of you the Baltic Sea, Friedrichstrasse behind you …”. Thus begins Kurt Tucholsky’s 1927 poem, “The Ideal”. While Tucholsky’s ideal of urban life might be unattainable in Berlin, there are cities where it has become a reality.