lower austria gallery

The new Lower Austria Gallery positions itself confidently, an identity creator and international pivot point of the Krems Art Mile. The corresponding building is a compact, spatially charming functional sculpture based on the fundamental principle of the White Cube. The desired urban situation is supported by the creation of a pedestrian zone with an outdoor dining area, water pools, green zones, and a centrally positioned main entrance. A walkway connects to the World Cultural Heritage Center, leading along the west façade of the museum onto the plaza in front of the Kunsthalle. The entrance and exit to the underground parking garage is located on Steiner Donaulände, between the gallery and the Caricature Museum. The 24-meter-high new building is designed to be both a solitaire and a connector between the existing cultural institutions and is surrounded by public space on all sides. This connects the Kunsthalle, the Caricature Museum, and the Lower Ausria Gallery, infusing the urban neighborhood with renewed energy. The flexible-use exhibition spaces in the new building are distributed across four levels and are 3.5 and 4.5 meters high, with the main room reaching a full 7 meters of height. An atrium expands the exhibition areas to the outside. The Kunsthalle and Caricature Museum are connected with the new Lower Austria Gallery on the 1st upper floor. This ensures simple orientation paths and activates synergies in the operation of the museums. Various visitor scenarios and tours can be offered. An event and catering area with a deck is located on the 4th upper story. The now larger restaurant on the ground floor of the Kunsthalle can be operated independently of museum opening hours.



Location: Krems an der Donau (Lower-Austria)
Year: Competition 2015
Use Area: 10.000m²
Team: Lukas Göbl, Oliver Ulrich, Andrés España, Alexander Enz