The story of Folkwang Museum
One of the most distinctive museums in Germany is located in Essen. The description and analysis of its architecture can answer a very important question: how we integrate art and culture in our rough contemporary present? Food is an industrial town but in the end and we are seeing this in various aspects.
Culture and art have more colourful and attractive this little gray cityscape or the strict nature of the town as a result should be emphasized? And what role does the architecture, which houses the works of art play?
The Folkwang Museum houses contemporary art
Construction of the Museum
This art museum was originally founded in Hagen and later after eating. There are different stages of the construction. The first building was built in 1960. The extension happened in 1983. The old and the new building were joined together by two glass canopies.
Just the connection of the two Museum buildings with each other was the project by David Chipperfield. The symbiosis is managed very well. He has studied the basic shapes of the two structures and combined in the connecting construction.
Chipperfield has designed a collection point for art and culture
The Folkwang Museum consists of a lobby, cashier, art room, reading room and library. The original building built in 1960 is characterised by the arrangement of all spaces in a line. This type of space planning was retained even after the two further conversions.
The exhibition space surpasses all other halls. It is located on 1400 square metres and represents a well-lit highlight.
Enough room for a free artistic expression
Museum the transparent walls are striking symbol of the architecture of the Folkwang, offer a prospect on the outside, but also an insight into the Interior of the building. So, Interior ambiance and interior architecture flow into each other and balance to each other.
Respects the purity and the restrained character of the urban landscape, but it is transformed into something more gentle and Geistreicheres. The free space and the transparency are viewed as a way to brighten the Interior, and even his darker corners.
Look into infinity
If you look at the architecture up close, you will discover many ideas with an organic character in this. The transparent facade has many of the properties of natural minerals, such as Alabaster.
This successful comparison is cited in the article about the architecture of the Museum in the On-Line magazine of architecture Archidaily.
The beauty is in the eye of the beholder
At the same time the colors and lighting effects have much in common with the interior design. So succeeded in completely Chipperfield, to spread the organic character of the appearance on the whole building. He became one of the hallmarks of the architecture of this building.
Chipperfield is the modern museum architecture as an art city Villa. At the same time the structure of the building is clear enough, none of the visitors losing orientation. Light and transparency play a fundamental role. First, attention is focused on the Interior and its contents, but from there, glides through the environment. It is dominated by green plants and clean lines.
During a permanent exhibition
So back to our original questions: how we integrate the arts and culture in our rough contemporary present? Culture and art have more colourful and attractive this little gray cityscape or whose strict character this should be emphasized? And what role does the architecture, which houses the works of art play?
The arts and culture enrich our city life, without however as an accent or contrast. They integrate smoothly, view the environment of their positive, bright side. They prove that the simple, restrained our cities, especially the industrial structures give those the opportunity to concentrate on the essentials in life.
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