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March 10, 2008

The Friendly Alien

Friendly_alien In 2000 the London-based architects Spacelab won the competition for a new museum for contemporary art in Graz, Austria. They proposed a transparent, bluish, organic shell that looked like a hovering piece of jelly.

It seemed doubtful that something like this was possible, but the city insisted to finish it by the end of the year of 2003 - Graz would hold the prestigious title of a 'cultural capital of Europe' for that year.

But it was finally built in time - 5000 sq m made of steel, foam glass and acrylics, following an arbitrarily curved surface.

As a member of the core planning team it was my task to coordinate the geometry of all the building elements that were part of the shell... About the geometry of the Kunsthaus Graz

The Graz Art Museum

The Friendly Alien as a flickr slideshow

… By far the most disappointing building of my trip last year, the "Friendly Alien" appeared to be a promising building from the publication photos I have seen of it

Design and Renderings of Kunsthaus Graz

Peter Cook RA and the friendly alien

(Photo above by Fritz Leopold)

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That is so cool!

Posted by: Fence Georgia at Sep 5, 2008 4:30:00 PM