The Linz art museum, the Lentos, is fascinating for its volumetric clarity and ideal spatial concept. 130 metres long and close on 25 metres wide, this oscillating three-storey glass cube inserts itself excellently into the cityscape on the banks of the Danube and appears moored there like a »glass boat«. On 8,000 square metres it offers space for internationally acclaimed art – from classical modern to contemporary –, with a library, museum shop, restaurant, café and a bar. With the sophisticated Lentos museum building, Swiss architects Jürg Weber and Josef Hofer (winners of several international architectural competitions) have done justice to structural design requirements and combined it with high aesthetic quality. In 2003, the Federal State of Upper Austria distinguished the Lentos building as the »Building of the Year«. The Art Museum and Its client received the »Clients’ Award« In the same year.
Edited by Kunsthaus Bregenz, Edelbert Köb, and archiv kunst architekturTexts by Benedikt Loderer, Jürg Weber, photo essay by Dietmar TollerianGraphic design by Büro für konkrete Gestaltung, Clemens SchedlerGerman / EnglishSoftcover with flaps, 16.8 x 22.4 cm, 111 pagesDecember 2004