The main body of the Museum Liaunig cuts through a
densely wooded, steep-sided embankment, projecting out on both
ends, with only a small part of the outstretched building visible.
Rather than removing the soil, excavated ground is used to remodel
At one end the building cantilevers thirty meters out over the steep site, making it clearly visible to approaching visitors.
The substantial viewing storage depot is one of the main areas
of the museum. Stretching the entire length of the gently sloping
approach to the main exhibition hall, visitors are accompanied by
this "wine cellar of art." This underground volume offers the
possibility to organize a variety of exhibitions by virtue of
flexible screens and lighting arrangements.
The graphic collection is located in a cone shaped room adjacent
the ramped entrance. The gold collection is a separate chamber
connected by a small corridor.
Set into the hill the building benefits from the temperate environment. A geothermal heat pump utilizes the constant ground temperature. Daylight substitutes artificial light as much as possible. Industrial materials like concrete, glass and sheet metal dominate the visible portion of the building.
Facts about Museum Liaunig
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Last updated: December 19, 2013
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