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Modern and contemporary art - Groninger Museum

Groningen Museum, Netherlands, Museum with evening sun in winter

The Groninger Museum (1987-1994) is not a building where passersby just walk past, it is a unique museum of art in itself. In the eighties, the Gasunie made a generous donation, so the long-awaited renovation of the Groninger Museum finally can become reality. The council wants a high architectural quality, but not so as to contrast with the historic environment. Museum Director Frans Haks only want new construction and the Italian designer Alessandro Mendini was the architect. Ultimately Mendini decided that the new Groninger Museum to be built on an island in the Zwaaikom of the connecting channel.

The basic design of master architect Alessandro Mendini is composed of three building volumes in the length of the connecting canal loose in the water and corridors linked together. Every construction project consists of several parts, pavilions, on or adjacent each other. Each pavilion has its own collection and, correspondingly, its own shape, color and material. Mendini selected Coop Himmelb (l) au, Philippe Starck and Michele de Lucchi for designing the various pavilions.

Mendini himself designed the ceramic lined trapezoidal sea pavilion in the easternmost component. Above is the most striking part of the complex, designed by Austrian Coop Himmelb (L) AU. The elements are spaced apart from the deconstructive aspect of the museum. The fragmentation, chaos and movement of the spirit are incorporated in it.

Mendini certain built the component in the middle, a golden tower as the centerpiece of the museum would be. Here, the entrance and the depot are housed. The color gold symbolizes the function of 'treasure'. A spiral staircase leads visitors from the entrance down the corridors where access to the pavilions and their collections. On the same level as the entrance is the museum cafe, which overlooks the Liaison Channel.

A sky blue bridge for cyclists and pedestrians cut through the complex and leads past the entrance. The route is a direct link for cyclists and pedestrians between the station and downtown. On the other side of the transit route is the third building, with pavilions in red brick De Lucchi, topped with aluminum plates coated cylinder by Philippe Starck.

The new museum building was met initially much resistance and skepticism, but has rapidly become the architectural showpiece of the city of Groningen. When in 1998 the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was completed, was called that even an equivalent of the Groninger Museum.