The Architects of Kunsthaus Graz
In the year 2000 Peter Cook and Colin Fournier won the international competition for the Kunsthaus Graz and they founded Spacelab Cook-Fournier GmbH, established in Graz for the implementation of the project.
Born in 1936 in London. Lives and works in London. Professor Peter Cook is Chairman of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, University College London. His numerous publications include the following major titles: The Power of Contemporary Architecture, Experimental Architecture, The Primer, Six Conversations, Architecture, Action and Plan, New Spirit in Architecture. He became known through his conceptual projects, including Plug-in City and Instant City. Together with Professor Christine Hawley, he built the social housing scheme of Lützowplatz in Berlin and the cafeteria of the Staedelschule in Frankfurt. Also with Christine Hawley, he won the international competition for the Pfaffenberg Museum in Austria (not built). Together with the other five founding members of the Archigram group, W. Chalk, D. Crompton, D. Greene, R. Herron and M. Webb, he received in 2002 the Gold medal of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).
Born in London in 1944. Currently living and working in London. Professor Colin Fournier is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, University College London, Director of the Master of Science course in Urban Design and Director of one of the Diploma School units. He was Bernard Tschumi's partner for the overall planning and design of the Parc de la Villette in Paris. Based on a winning competition entry, he designed the public spaces of the Bundesamt für Statistik in Neuchatel, Switzerland, within the administrative complex designed by Bauart Architekten, Bern. For several years, Colin Fournier was planning director of the Ralph M. Parsons company in Pasadena, California; in this capacity, he planned several new town projects, in particular the urbanistic mega project Yanbu, on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, with a population of 200 000 inhabitants and a total yearly construction budget of over 2 trillion US Dollars.
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