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Bechtler museum: Charlotte, North Carolina


The museum is in downtown Charlotte, a city that has undergone a rapid urban development in recent years. The new museum will house the works of art of Andreas Bechtler’s collection with important artists such as Tinguely,  Niki de Saint Phalle, Picasso, Giacometti, Matisse, Mirò, Degas, Warhol, Le Corbusier, Leger…. The four-storey structure is characterized by the soaring glass atrium that extends through the museum’s core and diffuses natural light throughout the building thanks to a system of vaulted skylights. Despite the modest dimensions, its great plastic force is created by the play on solids and voids. It can be thus defined as an architecture-sculpture where the voids, carved inside the primary volume, mark a new urban space sheltered by the fourth floor gallery which juts out from the core of the building, cantilevered and supported by a column rising from the plaza below. The choice of the materials for the interior spaces and the terra cotta exterior cladding give simplicity to the museum. Project:  2000/2005Construction:  2009 Client:  Andreas Bechtler Architect:  Mario Botta Partner architect:  Wagner Murray Architects, PA Charlotte Surface:  3’000 m², of which 1’000 m² for exhibit purposes                                                                                                                                Photographer:  Enrico Cano, Joel Lassiter    

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