“Museums often serve as a sculptural container with no relationship to the city. The new art center serves as an urban motor while preserving local culture and heritage, while simultaneously allowing the city to penetrate into the site and art to diffuse into the urban fabric.”
Maribor Contemporary Art Museum is a permeable building that catalyzes urban rhythm without compromising museum functions. It is an urban motor that energizes the city while local culture and heritage is preserved, and simultaneously allows the city to penetrate across the site and art to diffuse into the urban fabric. The cultural alley creates an axis to a flexible platform for 24 hours of continuous activity filled with performance and spectators. The URBAN LIVING ROOM creates a moment in the city which collects and filters permanent and temporary residents of the city. Throughout the day and night performers and spectators change between museum goers, students, children, artists, and residents engaging in the space.
Programs are located along the axis to create the possibility for accidental moments found in the city pulse. The urban living room has the flexibility to accommodate diverse functions which occur throughout all times. A city level is injected between the permanent and temporary collections to function as a catalyst for daily living creating the city in the museum, and a museum in the city. The city level is directly accessed from the Urban Living Room allowing views of the River and relationship to the city.
- Client: Municipality of Maribor
- Location: Maribor, Slovenia
- Project Area: 14,800 m2
- Construction Cost: 25M Euro
- Program: Contemporary Art Museum, Children’s museum, Library, Architecture Centre
- Status: Competition
- Project Team: Erik Amir, Dora Chi, Effi Meridor, Lee Ying Njoo, Yien Yeh Pak
- Model Photography: Wun Yip
- Render: Oursky Render