Kirchner Museum Davos
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner-Platz
CH - 7270 Davos Platz
Gigon/Guyer (Annette Gigon and
Mike Guyer) 1989-92
The museum, created to house the
art of the German expressionist painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, is located
in the mountain resort town of Davos. The building's exterior form, four
double-height volumes connected by a lower height volume, blends into the
snow-caped, mountainous landscape, with a varying opaque, translucent and
clear glass cladding.
The top sides of each of the
four volumes is made of translucent glass. Natural light is permitted to
enter through this glazing into a plenum space above the galleries, and is
then filtered through the glass ceiling panels into the gallery spaces.
Photo-electronic sensors detect when there is too much daylight and shades
are used to block off the light. When there is too little light artificial
illumination takes over through fixtures located within the light plenum.
These fixtures do not light directly into the gallery but are directed to
bounce light off of the opaque ceiling of the plenum and indirectly and
atmospherically into the galleries.
The galleries are restrained,
oak parquet flooring, white gypsum board walls and milky-white glass
ceiling panels, a design intention which allows the architecture to recede
into an abstraction and the art to be the center of attention. The space
between the four exhibition volumes is formed from concrete, a main hall
and circulation space that punctually opens up framing views to the
exterior landscape. The lowness of the ceiling and gray of the concrete is
opposite in feeling to the lightness and height of the gallery volumes.
Kari Silloway 2004,
How to visit
By car, Davos is 145 km from
Zurich: see www.davos.ch
for detailed driving directions.
By train, Swiss Federal
Railways, SBB, from Zurich via Landquart Davos is 2:20: see
for timetable information.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner-Platz is
located off the main street, Promenade, between Davos Platz and Davos Dorf,
bus stop Sportzentrum.
From Christmas to Easter and
From July 6 to September 30, Thursday-Sunday 10am-6pm; otherwise