Mumuth Music Theatre — 2010 Global Award for Excellence Winner


About the Mumuth Music Theatre

Developer: BIG Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft
Owner: Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (KUG)
Architect: UNStudio
Location: Graz, Austria

Why the Mumuth Music Theatre?

UNStudio designed the building for the University Music and Performing Arts (KUG) in Graz in 1998-99. The construction of Mumuth started in 2006, with the official opening taking place on March 1st, 2009. From the beginning, it was clear that Mumuth would be used by students as well as visitors for the theatre. The design is therefore oriented around the “Blob-to-Box” model, consisting of a spiral whose ends are interwoven with its middle to generate the internal organization, which is dividedinto two parts: The “blob” gives shape to the public spaces, including the foyer in the second floor, while the ‘box’ covers all other areas, including the performance theater. Because a spiral is used for internal construction, a column free spatial arrangement is actualized, giving visitors a clear view across the foyer. Other features in Mumuth are a high-tech acoustic laboratory and a restaurant, incorporated into the building with a building site of approximately 2.745 m2 and a floor surface of 6.200m2.

Mumuth is located in Graz, the biggest student city of Austria. In order to compete with other universities in the city, Mumuth provides all the facilities needed by students who study the performance arts. Mumuth is therefore attractive to students who want to study Music and Applied arts in Austria. From the flexible spaces of the multiple-use main performance hall, to the use of cutting-edge materials like high-performance concrete, Mumuth will be one of the most advanced and dynamic performance spaces in Europe.

Mumuth is also successful in housing multiple types of performances. These performances attract a wide variety of audience and place Mumuth Music Theatre on an important spot with the cultural center of Graz. Therefore, KUG is able to return investment in Mumuth by the profits they make on ticket sales.

The Mumuth Music Theatre…

Mumuth Music Theatre

  • The design model ‘Blob-to-Box’ successfully conveys two contrasting typologies (blob and box) within one structure
  • Sustainable materials were used, limiting maintenance due to intensive use and reducting heat load by up to 50%
  • Mumuth has a high multi functionality, incorporating different user programs and logistics into one building
  • Custom designed acoustic panels are adjustable, meeting acoustical requirements of varying performance types
  • The design enables communication between a modern Mumuth with classical music and neoclassical surroundings

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