'Bau[t]en für die Künste/Quelle architecture pour la Culture'
Talk with Marie-Thérèse Harnoncourt, Alena Kubova-Gauché,
Philippe Schmit, moderator Dietmar Feichtinger
Galerie d'Architecture
Paris (F)

New Address

We changed address! From March this year our practice is located at 11, rue Adolphe Fischer, L-1520 Luxembourg. All other contacts remain unchanged.

Museum Villa Vauban
Luxembourg Architecture Award 2011 pdf

Jury Comments
The extension of the Villa Vauban, housing the City of Luxembourg’s Art Museum, is the perfect illustration of a successful marriage between old and new. With its façade made of perforated sheets of red brass, the building melts into its environment with highest discretion. Partly underground, the extension modestly deploys its volumes, voluntarily submitting itself to the existing historic building. Creating a sculptural passageway alongside the fortification wall, it establishes a strong link between the historic heritage and its actual function as a museum.
The sensibility expressed in the use of materials and the care brought to the selection of every detail make the new Villa Vauban Museum a unique place, where the visitor will appreciate at the same time comfort, of high quality, and the most seductive charm.

Museum Villa Vauban
15th European Copper in Architecture Award pdf
Project highly commended

Jury Comments
The jury was extremely impressed by this new addition to an existing art museum. Though the new parts are conspicuously of their time, they form a sensitively judged counterpoint both to the original historic building and the surrounding parkland landscape. The new extension is wrapped in delicately perforated panels of brass, and the jury especially admired how this metal skin appears to dissolve when viewed at night, changing from an opaque surface to a sensuously glowing, translucent veil. The combination of aesthetic refinement and technical skill made this a stand-out project.

Museum Villa Vauban  
1st Prize TECU Architecture Award 2010 pdf

The renovated and extended Luxembourg City Art Museum Villa Vauban obtains the triennial award for exemplary and innovative use of metal facades. The translucent red brass facade with its alternating gold, red and brown shades is obtuse-angled and reflects the sunlight and the shadows of the trees. The characteristic patterning of the perforated material, which envelops the polygonal architectural body like a geometrical curtain, is continued on the roof.

This year’s jury consisted of the following members: 
Prof. Carlo Baumschlager, Fabio Capanni, Rachel Sayers, Isidore Zielonka. The prize ceremony is scheduled on 18 january 2011 on the BAU 2011 in Munich. 

Museum Villa Vauban
Nomination Mies van der Rohe Award 2011

The Luxembourg City Art Museum Villa Vauban was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2011. The European award for contemporary architecture is an initiative by the European Union and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona.

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