Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz, Austria
Kunsthaus Graz 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.