Courtyard Gallery - KHM Wien
Vienna, Austria

The proposal for a new gallery for the Kunst Historisches Museum in Vienna places the special exhibitions gallery under a new translucent roof in one of the two large internal courtyards. The volume of the courtyard creates a unique context for viewing the work and engages the existing building with the new in a very direct way.

In order to distinguish the new gallery and preserve the individual integrity of the exising, it was decided to give a more transitory and impermanent quality to the structure in contrast to the formal permanence of the 19th Century historic courtyard structure designed by Gottfried Semper (1803-1879) and Karl von Hasenauer (1833-1894).

Competition 2005











The Kunsthistorisches Museum building on the Ringstrasse in Vienna houses the Picture Gallery, as well as the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities, the Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection, and the Coin Collection