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Gareth Hoskins scoops Vienna museum competition

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A team led by Gareth Hoskins Architects has won an international design competition to overhaul Vienna’s Weltmuseum

Under the €27.5million plans the Glasgow practice - part of a consortium with exhibition designers Ralph Appelbaum Associates and Austrian engineer Vasko + Partner – will renovate all 29 galleries of the existing museum.

The ‘ethnological museum’ bills itself as being the home to ‘valuable treasures of unknown lands’ and contains hundreds of collections from ancient civilisations and cultures.

As well as the revamping 4,600 sqm of gallery space the winning proposal includes a new public square, the overhaul of the museum’s existing ‘Hall of Columns’ and a new ‘illuminated media box’ to draw in visitors.

The scheme is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

Hoskins has previously worked with Appelbaum on a number of schemes including the National Museum of Scotland and the Culloden Battlefield visitor centre.

Shortlist in full

  • Gareth Hoskins Architects (Glasgow) with Ralph Appelbaum and Vasko + Partner (Vienna)
  • pla.net architects (Vienna) with 7reasons Medien (Vienna) and Atelier Wunderkammer
  • Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos (Madrid) with VERDANDI Ausstellungs- und Museumsplanung (Vienna)
  • Bernard Walten Moser Ziviltechniker (Vienna)
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