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Exhibition Building 2


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Commercial Building, Graz
This building, a tile showroom, in the periphery of Graz, relates to its contents on its curvy skin. The building reveals methods of construction. The prefabricated curved elements are stacked on top of one another, separated by pegs, creating horizontal slots that lighten the massiveness of the block and allow light into the building. The load of the parts is transferred to the base and perches on beams to free it from the ground all the way around its square plan. The columns do not carry any load of the walls, which allows their maximum slenderness. The structure serves the interior as one open room where a visitor can meander in a continuous space, which is registered by always seeing the inner-side of the facade.

Awarded: 1st Prise for innovative use of ceramic from Spain’s ACER association.
Publications:
Erratischer Block… Architektur & Bauforum 203, Austria 1999
Young European Architects Architectura Viva Monographs 83, Spanien 2000
Architektur der Lehre Architektur & Bauforum 217, Österreich 2002
Fassaden, architektur 2/2002, Österreich 2002
Architekturführer Graz 1990-2003 Haus der Architektur Graz 2002
Das monument des Fliesenhändlers Album, der Standard, Samstag 3. April 2004
Flisengeshäftshaus, Christina Condak, FRAUENARCHITEKTOUREN, Österreich 2004
Architektur-Report Wien, Niederösterreich, Burgenland 2002, Österreich 2006
Moulding Assembling Designing: Ceramics in Architecture ASCER Feb. 2006
Ceramic Design Vertigo Publishers, Köln 2007

photos: Paul Ott