Officially opened on March 1st 2009, MUMUTH, Haus für Musik und Musiktheater, is the University of Graz building for Music and the Performing Arts.
Here UNStudio wanted to give a twist to the classic relationship between music and architecture. The twist lies in the spiral staircase which twirls around the centre of the entrance hall. This music theatre has been ten years in the making.
The spiral staircase has an important precedent in Graz. In 1499 Emperor Maximilian I built one of the most important Gothic staircases in Europe, in the historic centre of Graz. It is formed by a double spiral which separates and joins up in each landing. It has become a symbol of eternity. The people of Graz know it as the staircase of reconciliation.
Photos taken by a+t, available under request.
Lichtenfels Street showing the volume of the Music Theatre enclosed in a stainless steel mesh
Main entrance for the public and students
Relationship between the new volume and the university buildings
Emergency side staircase from the upper storey on the west facade
Start of the way up to the main hall via the curving main staircase
Principal image: Second spiral flight of the main staircase with mirrored exterior and bright red interior. Secondary image: Double helix staircase in the old castle in the centre of Graz
Interior of the spiral staircase leading up to the second floor
Foyer of the main hall on the first floor
Decoration with printed striped patterns on the glass behind the steel mesh enclosing the building
Space between the mesh and the carpentry enclosing the building. This contains access for maintenance and window-cleaning and lighting with units of three basic colours to form the full range of colours
Interwoven stainless steel mesh which fully covers the exterior of the building