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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

Project status: competition 2005
Client: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Team: smo architektur
Location: Wien, Austria
Area: 920 m2
Cost: 1800000.00 €

Space framework
By the making bearing structure external, the building outline dissolves. The volume appears slimmer and lighter, its textured dynamic surface enters into a dialogue with the structuring and ornament of the courtyard facades. Within the structure the different parts of the program are implanted. In the lower part, the bearing structure goes down to the ground while maintaining permeability, ans flexibility of using garden plot.

Café/Restaurant with roof terrace and secondary rooms
The patio of the KHM can be directly expirienced by the cafe visitors as well as from rooftop terrace in sommer time. Its facade is built as the result of the actual spatial boundary of the restaurant. Because of the multilayered partitions of space, an intriguing interplay between solid and filigree, cubic and amorphous, old and new emerges.

Gallery for temporary exhibitions
The gallery for temporary exhibitions, conceived as a column-free „white cube“, offers a maximum of flexibility for temporary exhibits. The ceiling height of more than 8 meters is only partially reduced to 4 meters. Considering the location within the courtyard it makes sense to illuminate the exhibition space with a daylight. Window openings in the corridors accentuate the transition to the outer space.

Delivery/Staff inflow
The outside emergency stair, together with the big freight elevator, forms the vertical circulation for delivery and staff. The freight elevator is not led until the café, but only up to the mezzanine, where the storage rooms of the restaurant are located. The restaurant internal load transport is handled by a small service lift.