Stealth - New Maribor Museum

Stealth - New Maribor Museum

Architect
David Tajchman
Location
Maribor, Slovenia
Category
Museums

Stealth - new maribor museum

David Tajchman as Architects

A STRATEGIC SITUATION FOR ARTS Maribor is well located, at the crosspoint of Alps, Adriatic and Balkans. Venice, Vienna, Graz or Budapest are all at a close distance by car or by train from Maribor, which means that the New Maribor Art Gallery will be part of an Eastern network of Art cities. Being the second largest city of Slovenia, Maribor will be with the new Museum-Gallery institution more attractive. And with the 2012 European Capital label, the short distance from other big museum cities, visitors and tourists will probably stop by Maribor.


360° INTERESTING VIEWS Located along the Drava river, popular way for walks, recreation, relaxation, fun and social events, the site location offers a varied panopticon of sights. On East side, the old city and its judgement tower landmark the museum location. The Museum building seeks to be a smooth transition between the old city and the modern developments located on the west side of the project. From North to South, and all around the city, the slopes and mountains are part of the unique panoramic perception of Maribor.


GATHERING ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE AND URBANISM Located along the Drava river, popular way for walks, recreation, relaxation, fun and social events, the site location offers a varied panopticon of sights. On East side, the old city and its judgement tower landmark the museum location. The Museum building seeks to be a smooth transition between the old city and the modern developments located on the west side of the project. From North to South, and all around the city, the slopes and mountains are part of the unique panoramic perception of Maribor.


SITE PERMEABILITY The project frees the inclined ground level, connecting the Drava bank with the upper side of the neighbourhood. People pass through the covered groundfloor, an open public space for outdoor protected activities of the UGM. In this way, the project aims to encourage visual connections between the old and the modern city. Like a Drava bank extension, the ground continues under the museum offering various programmatic-events emerging like ground distortions.


AUTONOMOUS PROGRAM ELEMENTS The New Museum Gallery gathers various program elements with different scheduled activities and hours of opening. Every elements of program has its own external access. The groundfloor and second floor are freely accessible from outside, permitting direct independant access and different scheduled openings. Part of the urban potential exploitation, the groundfloor elements contribute to animate this part of the Drava bank, while the second floor located activities contribute to attract people on the roof-belvedere like, offering views on Maribor’s fifth facade.


STAIRCASE ORGANISATION The inclined condition of the Museum site has driven the project implementation and organisation. Elevating the museum galleries at level one offers a covered public space on ground floor, and allows a ramp connection from the upper side to the roof of the project. The museum is thus accessible from the river and the elevated back side of the site. Learning from Maribor urban organistion along the Drava, the project operates by gradually going up or down volumetrically. A staircase crossing and supporting the entire museum complex is the key point of the proposal, working as a daily city room. FIFTH FACADE What makes Maribor’specificity is its roofscape.And because of the hilly character of its surroundings, the roofs participate to the general perception of the city, as well as the buildings vertical walls. The project is directly inspired by this perception, showing a fragmented carapace on roofs, facades and ceilings of external covered spaces. Like a stealth, the project is inserted in the city in direct visual and morphologic relation with its

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