Foyer alterations

Ground floor and forecourt

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Why is it being altered?

The Kunsthaus foyer should be more than just a place for information and buying admission tickets, publications and souvenirs. It could also be a place where you meet up with friends, relax, encounter artworks without having to pay, a place for activities aimed at everyone who enjoys art or is curious about the Kunsthaus. It should also be a place that balances commercial and non-commercial agendas, so that there are plenty of engaging things you can do without having to spend money.

But there are also practical reasons for the alterations:

The distance of the preparation kitchen from the dining room at the Kunsthaus Café has proved awkward for all involved. Large numbers of meals and drinks have to be carried across the foyer during Kunsthaus opening hours; the smell of cooking spreads into the exhibition spaces. Apart from this, the Kunsthaus furnishings (curtains, seating) are worn and need to be replaced. In the course of the redesign, particular emphasis will be placed on meeting the needs of people with hearing and visual impairments or restricted mobility. The building’s information and signage system will also be revised.

Who is involved?

The redesign of the foyer will be carried out in collaboration with architects Niels Jonkhans and Gerhard Eder, who previously worked on the construction of the Kunsthaus with Peter Cook and Colin Fournier. Landscape architects Topotek 1 will develop proposals for the outside space in 2017, presenting various future options for use. The intention is to implement temporary realisations in a ‘schematic’ form.

How is the redesign being financed?

The alterations are being financed by reallocations from the current budget, and without any special funds. The redesign will be carried out in two stages, in 2017 and 2018.

What will be new?

Kitchen: The preparation kitchen will be moved into the Eiserne Haus. Delivery will take place via the inner courtyard of the Kunsthaus and no longer via the side facing the River Mur.     

Cash point:

During the redesign, a cash dispenser will be installed. Here the Danish artist group Superflex will take on a special role: “Radical ATM” starts with the new Kunsthaus cash machine and launches a multi-year project focused equally on investigating capitalist and Marxist forms of economy.

Kitchen, ticket desk/info, shop:

The current “Küchenei” will be cleverly transformed into a new entrance counter, so shifting the main entrance of the Kunsthaus to the side of the building that faces the Mur River. ​ This will reintroduce the permeability planned by architects Cook & Fournier – combined with various visual connections. 

The shop will also move towards the counter. Its operator will, however, keep some presentation areas in the Kunsthaus Café.


The forecourt facing the River Mur will at first be given a temporary design by Topotek 1. Founded in 1996, Topotek 1 works at the intersection between architecture, landscaping, design and art. With simple features – colour surfaces, lighting accents – a range of design options are created. For the time being, the forecourt will act as a changing exhibition zone for street furniture/urban design.



Accessibility will be ensured, especially for wheelchair users and people with hearing impairments.

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