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Advent calendar contest: And the winner is...

Advent calendar dec 23
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The AJ can (finally) reveal the winner in the competition to guess which building we’d hidden behind the doors of our 2016 advent calendar

The first person to guess the correct answer - the 1984 Neue Staatsgalerie Stuttgart by James Stirling, Michael Wilford & Partners - was Richard Collis of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

He wins a copy of the Twentieth Century Society’s 50 Architects 50 Buildings edited by Pamela Buxton. 

The lightening quick Collis spotted the building after just one window had been revealed. However, our thanks to everybody who entered.

Advent calendar dec 1

The Neue Staatsgalerie in the AJBL

The building is a response to the difficult topographical and contextual conditions faced on the Stuttgart site. It consists of ‘shelves’ of accommodation stepping up the site and overlapping in section.

The ground floor is occupied by a car park, with a first-floor terrace leading to the entrance foyer, from which a staircase leads to galleries on the floor above. These take the form of a U-shaped block in the centre of which is a large open-air rotunda acting as a sculpture court.

The central circular atrium, which houses the sculpture garden, is circumvented by a public footpath that leads pedestrians through the lot, turning the area into an ‘architectural landscape’. This feature allows the public to reach the higher elevation behind the museum from the lower front of the building’s main face.

The building incorporates warm, natural elements of travertine and sandstone to contrast the industrial pieces of green steel framing system and the bright pink and blue steel handrails.



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