Technical Information

  • awarding authority City of Graz Kunsthaus Graz AG, Griesgasse 11, A-8020 Graz
  • financing Bund, Land, Stadt
  • lessor Bank Austria Leasing GmbH, Opernring 21, A-1040 Vienna
  • project management Kunsthaus Graz AG/Hochbauamt Stadt Graz (Ernst Pogöschnik, Andreas Blass, Josef Spindler)
  • project supervision Hans Lechner GmbH, Wien (Hans Lechner, Sabine Liebenau)
  • user Landesmuseum Joanneum GmbH, Raubergasse 10, A-8010 Graz
  • artistic director Peter Pakesch until 09/2015, Barbara Steiner since 06/2016
  • competition design Peter Cook, Colin Fournier with Niels Jonkhans, Mathis Osterhag, Marcos Cruz, Nicola Haines, Karim Hamza, Anja Leonhäuser, Jamie Norden
  • design, overall management ARGE Kunsthaus
  • designers spacelab cook/fournier (Peter Cook, Colin Fournier)
  • partner architect Architektur Consult, Graz (Peyker, Domenig, Eisenköck)
  • structural engineering Bollinger und Grohmann, Frankfurt/M
  • team of architects Dietmar Ott (project manager), Niels Jonkhans (design architect), Gernot Stangl, Sigrid Brell-Cokcan (3D-engineering), Gerhard Eder (technical coordination), Werner Riedl (construction supervisor),
  • architects Johanna Digruber, Daniela Fritz, Herbert Hazmuka, Hans Kaponig, Eduard Kölbl, Peter Löcker, Florian Lohberger, Ernst Plank, Herwig Stern, Bernd Priesching, Christian Probst,
  • administration Cornelia Dohr, Susanne Dohr, Michaela Possanner, BIX 
  • electronic display skin Realities:United, Berlin
  • technical services HL-Technik, TB Pickl, TB Köstenbauer und Sixl, light Kress und Adams, Cologne
  • fire consultant Gerhard Düh, Vienna, building physics Dr. Pfeiler GmbH, Graz, soil mechanics Reinhard Pötscher, Graz
  • surveying Vermessung Rinner
  • traffic concept Kaufmann-Kriebernegg, Graz, museology Bogner Cultural Consulting, Vienna
  • building research Markus Zechner, Graz
  • construction coordination Robert Gobli
  • competition April 2000
  • start of construction July 12, 2001
  • laying of the cornerstone February 28, 2002
  • completion September 27, 2003 (opening event)
  • net area 11,100 m2
  • exhibition area 2,500 m2 (incl. 250 m2 event space, 280 m2 Camera Austria exhibition)
  • gross floor area 13,100 m2 (incl. underground car park),
  • underground parking spaces 146 passenger cars (user: Kastner und Öhler), number of acrylic panels on the outside 1068, size up to 2m x 3m, 20mm thick, each individually three-dimensionally warped, held by about 6,000 single simply supported hold points
  • number of acrylic panels on the inside 185 (size up to 2m x 3m, 8mm thick, each individually three-dimensionally warped, held by about 1,500 single simply supported hold points
  • number of nozzles 16 (one nozzle should provide for smoke evacuation in case of fire, one offers a view of the hallmark of Graz, the clock tower, 14 nozzles provide for daylight and artificial light sources on the upper exhibition space)
  • weight of the bubble 3.9 million kg, thereof 225,000 kg steel structure.

Kunsthaus Graz

Lendkai 1
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9200


Opening Hours
Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm

Guided tours
Sun 2pm (EN), Sat 3:30pm (GER), Sun & public holidays 11am (GER), exceptions may apply. For specific dates, please visit our calendar. Guided tours also on advance notice.

Architecture Tour 
during exhibition free times only, Sun 2pm (EN), Tue-Sun & public holidays (GER) 11am, 2pm & 3:30pm or upon request

Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm
Fri-Sat 9am-1am
Sun 9am-8pm
T: +43-316/714 957


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