Austria's Kunsthaus Graz Oozes Art

By: Elsa Blaine - Published: Dec 28, 2008 • References: &
This strange-looking Austrian art gallery called "Kunsthaus Graz" in German is also known as the "friendly alien," by locals in the urban city.

Designed by architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier of London, the organically-shaped building looks somewhat like a shiny metallic water balloon that has been placed in the center of town and allowed to ooze its way around the existing historic structures. The glass portholes sticking out from the roof sort of make the gallery oddly resemble a human heart, but are actually there to allow in daylight.

According to the designer, "While the building’s interior is meant to inspire its curators as a black box of hidden tricks (Colin Fournier), its outer skin is a media façade which can be changed electronically. Stats for Ultra-Organic Architecture Trending: Older & Average
Research: 39,971 clicks in 385 w
Interest: 3.9 minutes
Concept: Ultra-Organic Architecture
Related: 59 examples / 45 photos
Segment: Neutral, 18-35
Comparison Set: 21 similar articles, including: space colony architecture, organic mountainside architecture, and apocalyptic architecture.