Blobitecture, or Blob Architecture, landed in 2003 in the heart of historic Graz, Austria’s second largest city, in the form of the Kunsthaus Graz, a museum focused on contemporary art that welcomes visitors drawn by both its unusual exterior and surprising exhibitions. Blobitecture, in case you haven’t been following this trend already, emphasizes curving amoeba-like forms made possible by advances in computer modeling, with English architect Peter Cook often acknowledged as a father of the style of architecture. He and Colin Fournier designed the Kunsthaus, nicknamed the Friendly Alien, to mark Graz’s turn as a European Capital of Culture. This alien brings his own power source, with a “skin” of photovoltaic cells, while at night LED lights under its surface make the Kunsthaus a glittering presence in Graz’s historic heart.
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