New construction/refurbishment of Angerlehner Museum

Wolf Architektur ZT GmbH
Product: Planum facade 2407 m2, black anodized in 5 surface qualities


The existing FMT industrial halls with their original workshop atmosphere will from now on be reserved exclusively for art and museum visitors. The museum infrastructure areas necessary for this were supplemented by an extension of the existing intermediate wing or integrated into the existing office building: The exhibition area, the event area and the Schaulager were installed in the existing halls. The intermediate wing is at ground level and contains the foyer as well as the museum pedagogy. The new upper floor houses the seminar room and the modern technical centre.


Access to the museum car park is from Ascheter Straße. Coming from Wels, access is via the museum’s footbridges on the Traun and Aiterbach rivers, which lead from the west to the museum’s forecourt. Here an entrance with smaller installations of sculptures is staged, while the rest of the area on the Aiterbach with its wild bank vegetation remains largely unchanged and stands in contrast to the quiet architectural structure.


The museum shop, the cash desk area with back office and the cloakroom area receive the museum visitor in the existing interstate wing. In this area, the existing small room structures will be dismantled. The result is an almost 50 metre long space brace between Aiterbach and Ascheter Strasse, which thematises the bipolar connection of the museum between Thalheim and Wels and locates the building between riverbank vegetation and the city. The event hall can be reached via this foyer. The open, transparent exhibition depot flankes the first of the two halls along its entire length. From here you can reach the large exhibition hall or, via a wide staircase, the 2 galleries, the cabinets and the depot of the graphics collection on the upper floor.


In the hall rooms, the remaining wall and ceiling surfaces of the existing building were fused with a matt black coating. In front of this “factory frame”, the freely positioned hall fixtures such as showroom storage, staircases and exhibition rooms in terms of material and colour are visible as “caskets” and white implants to the existing hall space. The white exhibition walls lead through the museum and form an unobtrusive background for the works of art. The architecture gives space to the art, while the simultaneous modularity offers a multitude of spatial variations, so that one can also speak of a “collection of rooms”. These exhibition spaces are characterized by an interplay of high and low spatial sequences. The space, the supporting structure and the dimension of the original workshop remain present. Natural light is evenly directed into the room via ceiling shafts and enables the subtle perception of the changing daylight and seasons in interaction with the art objects. The remaining indoor crane in the exhibition hall is now used for installations and exhibitions. The spatial interweaving of industrial reverberation and the new artificial use is the strongest quality of location and building task.


Metal has always played a special role as a material at the former plant construction site. For the museum, the material is now being used again in various degrees of surface refinement and in a craftsmanship demanding processing – whereby here a “classic” facade grid is subtly shifted and superimposed. In this way, the quiet cubature of the building is to be supplemented by a subtle level of perception which, in its own scale, reflects the individual, the urban environment and the natural environment in an iridescent way.