History Museum Graz

History Museum Graz

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L&L Luce&Light
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History Museum Graz

INNOCAD architecture as Interior Architects

The new trilogy of permanent exhibitions showcases the Styrian cultural heritage at the History Museum, located on the second floor of the Palais Herberstein, a significant historic building in the city center. The “Schaudepot”, conceived as an exhibition depot, consisting of two parts, the Cultural History Collection and the Multimedia Collection, represents together with the exhibition “100 x Steiermark” a milestone in the transformation of the History Museum Graz.

The first section of “Schaudepot” honors the diversity of physical objects that reflects use of industrial material with less customization while providing an interaction with the historic artifacts. While the exhibition setting is multifunctional and freely adaptable, it also retains a consistent interior lining which creates an atmosphere that displays objects of various shapes and sizes allowing visitors to experience the historical space from an unexpected perspective.

The second part displays multimedia archives enabling deep insights into the dispersed depot character through tailored scenography which leads the visitor to embark on a journey through the genesis of the Multimedia Collection.

Finally, formerly hidden treasures of both collections are made accessible to the public in a raw and industrial surrounding, enabled by the fluent transition throughout of an infinite metal wall loop that allows a balance of historic content and contemporary exhibition design.

The exhibition “100 x Steiermark”, which is located in the outstanding historic mirror hall, articulates spatial intervention in both functional and artistic ways. Relating to the concept of a “laid table of history”, the furniture-like installations made of glass or mirror are implemented with the aim to remind and reflect the historic use of these chambers. The space, furniture, objects, and visitors easily merge into one another and simultaneously maintain one exhibition medium. By becoming a part of the exhibition through the boundaries blurring, the spatial experience raises questions like: “What is forthcoming? What remains?”

History Museum Graz

L&L Luce&Light as Lighting fixtures

The Graz History Museum in Palais Herberstein was refurbished by INNOCAD Architecture in 2017. The museum’s interior spaces were redesigned so that its cultural and historical collection and its collection of audiovisual and multimedia material could be housed under the same roof.

The setting for the collection of multimedia material features casings with perforated metal grids, some of which can be rotated to reveal the objects on display.

GOL Lighting Design – Guardian Of Light was responsible for the lighting and used Siri Track 2.0 projectors installed on the ceiling using a special track and recessed connectors. The fixtures, in a white finish and 3000K colour temperature, contain four power LEDs with a high colour rendering index (CRI >90) suitable for a museum setting, to ensure the brightness of the colours of the objects lit. Siri Track 2.0 also has a set of optical filters so that the light output can be adapted to the items on display in the rooms.

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Lighting fixtures
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ElementBrandProduct link
Lighting fixturesL&L Luce&LightSIRI TRACK
Resin flooringSika
Track LightingErco
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Lighting fixtures
Resin flooring
by Sika
Track Lighting
by Erco
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