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Vienna Museum contest opens for pre-registration

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The City of Vienna has announced a design competition for a £42 million overhaul of its municipal museum

The Vienna Museum – known locally as the Wien Museum – covers art and local history and is located in the prestigious Karlsplatz district of the Austrian capital.

Designed by architect Oswald Haerdtl in 1959, the listed building’s central courtyard was roofed over in 2000 to create a new flexible events space and café.

The permanent exhibitions have however not been renovated for more than 30 years.

The City of Vienna is now planning to restore the listed 7,000m² museum and create a new 5,000m² extension.

Concept designs will be expected to help regenerate the wider Karlsplatz area and may include improvements to the nearby Musikverein which hosts the city’s famous New Year’s concert.

The winning team will work up plans for the new museum which will open in 2020 following an estimate two year closure.

Interested parties may register to receive the full competition documents from 20 March. A winner will be announced before the end of the year.

The deadline for registration is 18 May.

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