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Marta Museum

Frank Gehry

Europa | Herford

In May 2005, the city of Herford, Germany, inaugurated its new MARTa Museum designed by Frank O. Gehry. As the city is the centre of an important furniture, industry and craft manufacturing region, the client, Herford’s city and regional authorities, wanted the  museum to interface between architecture, contemporary arts and design (MARTa stands for Furniture, Art and Environment).
The enveloping, sculptured architecture reflects this intent. A short distance from the railroad station and overlooking a small river (the Aa), the complex embraces an existing building: a stark, compact parallelepiped, a former 1950s factory. This now serves as a sort of hinge for the functional development of the whole museum. Gehry gave it a wrap-around staircase with wooden treads and made it the entrance and focal point for visitors. It now contains the reception, teaching workshops, conference...

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