The New Maribor Art Gallery is conceived as a horizontal structure that foregrounds both the art exhibited and the social activities taking place within the complex. It blends into the cityâ€™s topography as well as its open space structure.
The building compound is a criss-cross of visual and civic paths; in its neutral specificity it forms a warehouse-like structure to be actively appropriated by curators and visitors and to remain flexible for changes in the future. A plain operation sets the base. The facade, the galleryâ€™s main light conductor, is drawn inside the volume. The inversions stretch the daylight deep into the building and perform as illumination wells. The pull-ins become structural and form characteristic spaces; they become organizational as they give way to public access from the periphery into the interior of building. Light wells intersect with a manifold of entry points: The combination of movement and illumination strategies forms the basis of a multidirectional field open to the urban and environmental contexts. As building volume the UGM formulates two very distinct urban spaces: the more intimate vestibule that is formed by the Centre for Creative Industries and the new gallery building and the terrace to the river Drava.
Open International Competition
Client: City of Maribor
Gross Floor Area: 1.575 m2
Team: Sabine MÃ¼ller, Andreas Quednau, Robert Gorny, Paola Bagna, Nathan Friedman, Aron ThorsÃ©n