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Construction and Design Manual


The museum as a building type and architectural space bear a complex relationship to each other. Architecture competes with the exhibited objects on the one hand and gives way to them on the other, enabling the museum to develop as regards content. 

This manual guide has its point of departure between both poles and targets both designers and users. The aim of the publication is to facilitate communication in the planning process of a museum, whether this is during the conceptual stage, the competition, or the design and construction phase. 

In addition to an introduction on the architectural history of the museum, the authors examine the key planning parameters involved in the conception and design of a contemporary museum. Buildings and projects provide inspiration for individual design work. 

- From the treasure chamber to the public forum via the White Cube: the history of museum construction
- Examples from museums of art, territories, knowledge and events
- New constructions and converted buildings: successful concepts for dealing with actual locations
- Overview of the various demands placed on designers 

Editor: Christian Schittich
Author: Hans Wolfgang Hoffmann 

May 2016
approx. 352 pages
Format  22,5 x 28 cm
ISBN 978-3-95553-295-6

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