Architecture meets art as the Brandhorst Museum prepares to open
A powerful and gleeful visual statement is made in the recently completed Brandhorst Museum by Sauerbruch Hutton architects. Munich's latest cultural building will open to the public in May 2009 but its most eye-catching feature is ready for viewing as the multi-coloured façade is unveiled.
"The façade looks like an abstract painting and draws attention to the building’s function as an art museum," says a spokesperson for the Brandhorst Museum, "...the architectural language has consciously been pared down and provides the setting for an exceptionally succinct and intense aesthetic experience."
The exterior consists of layers with different functions. On top of the building's substructure and insulation there is a layer of horizontally folded sheet metal with fine perforations. In front of this, 36,000 ceramic rods have been fixed vertically. These are finished in 21 different coloured glazes and fall into three groups of shades and tonality, accentuating the impression optically that the building is made up of three separate, interlocked volumes.
Walking past the building, the surface of the façade seems to alter. There are
countless variations in the appearance of the materials and the structure: seen from an angle the vertical ceramic rods form one smooth surface; seen face on, the horizontally emphasized background is visible and becomes the dominant feature.
From a distance, the groups of different colours blend into neutral shades, each with a different brilliance and tonal impact. From close to, each of these fields becomes broken down into its component colours.
The Brandhorst Museum forms an addition to the Kunstareal museum complex. The opening in May will be also mark the opening of a unique collection by Udo and Anette Brandhorst including works by Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Eric Fischl.