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Upper Austria Provice Exhibition

EXHIBITION DESIGN MUSEUM LAURIACUM ENNS
PROJECT PARTNERSHIP WITH ARCH. ELISABETH PLANK
CLIENT:Government Upper Austria
COMPLETED:2018, April
MUSEUM LAURIACUM:Hauptplatz 19, 4470 Enns
BASILICA ST. LAURENZ:Lauriacumstrasse 4, 4470 Enns

The former city hall of Enns, located in the town square, has served as the museum of Lauriacum since 1971. In the course of the Austrian National Exhibition of 2018, the content concept of the significant antique collection of the exhibition will be revised and extended. This reorganization of the entire museum will be showcased in an overall consistent, yet to diverse content adjusted, contemporary exhibition architecture.
The design is composed of different space experiences, not competing with the existing diverse rooms but intentionally connecting their time layers to the exhibition objects and presentations. A new museum path consisting of narrow and wide space situations was conceptualized. Visual relationships between deliberately close or far allocated exhibition highlights enables exciting visitor experiences while at the same time providing a self-evident orientation. The arcade courtyard is also included in the exhibition. Its floor surface indicates the relationship of the old roman city to the present-day city.
The architecture of the exhibition contributes to a better perception of the new content concept. As a result, the uniform design concept will sometimes adapt to individual topics. The roman craftwork is for example showcased in metal shelves whereas the roman death cult is staged in darker rooms. A new chamber of treasury is created for the numismatics. For the presentation of roman everyday life, a room in room situation for craftwork, tavern and domestic life has been chosen. Daily commodities and luxury goods are presented in a storey high, 12m long display window.

Seating furniture, integrated in the architecture of the exhibition, appeal to rest and/or detailed subject observations. A newly produced movie about the history of the Romans situated in upper Austria is projected in the cinema room, found in the middle of the museum tour. Interactive experiences of diverse topics are evenly distributed throughout the whole Exhibition.
Being a permanent intervention to the Museum of Lauriacum, this national exhibition required special conservational specifications for various display shelves. Therefore, the choice of particular materials for some of the components was restricted to their eligibility to the conservative specifications required for the historical exhibits. A new and technically up-to-date lighting of the rooms and display windows emphasize the exhibits and becomes an important part of the design concept.

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