A Friendly Alien

Ein Kunsthaus für Graz

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A Friendly Alien
Ein Kunsthaus für Graz

Ed. Kunsthaus Graz AG, Dieter Bogner, foreword by Cedric Price, text(s) by Dieter Bogner, Peter Cook, Colin Fournier, Peter Pakesch, Christine Frisinghelli, Helmut Strobl

German, English

2004. 252 pp., 194 ills.


22.00 x 26.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-1350-4

Within the scope of Graz 2003 - Kulturhauptstadt Europas (Graz 2003 - Cultural Capital of Europe) the city of Graz provided the possibility for the two London-based architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier to transform a visionary concept into built reality: the Kunsthaus Graz, a new and unique site for international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. With this radical architecture project, Graz received a futuristic-looking building which satisfies to a high degree both the psychological and the functional demands of a visitor-oriented international art museum. The unusual biomorphic forms of the Friendly Alien make for a suspenseful dialog with the historic old town, especially with the century-old Graz landmark, the cubic clock-tower high up on castle hill. The documentation at hand presents the development of the Friendly Alien from a Utopian concept to a highly complex functional body. The extensive photographic material includes first-rate computer simulations and sheds light on the urban environment and its history, shows the unique architectural features of the building, and investigates with an "x-ray view" the complex network of static and technical utilities in the "skin", the nerve center of the Friendly Alien.

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