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Bartlett alumni inspired

9 November 2004

Two former students of UCL's Bartlett School have been nominated for the prestigious 'Inspire' award.

Kunsthaus Graz Jan and Tim Edler of the Berlin-based architectural practice realities:united have been shortlisted for their work on the Kunsthaus Graz.

The Kunsthaus, which was designed by the Bartlett School's Professor Peter Cook and Professor Colin Fournier, opened in Graz on 25 October 2003 to coincide with the Austrian town's status as the 2003 Cultural Capital of Europe.

The building, dubbed the 'friendly alien' by Professor Fournier, resembles a giant, irregularly shaped droplet clad in blue plexiglass. Its biomorphic form sits among the historic, densely packed streets of Graz, which was designated a World Heritage Site in 1999.

Jan and Tim Edler are on the 'Inspire' shortlist for their creation of BIX, the unique light and media façade of the Kunsthaus. BIX is a 1000m2 installation of fluorescent lights placed between the plexiglass and the steel frame of the building, the effect of which is like a giant TV screen. BIX has already been awarded internationally several times, including with the 'Golden Nail' of the German Art Directors Club.

'Inspire', which is awarded by Deutsche Telekom, will be awarded on the basis of the public's vote - anyone can vote online.

Image: Kunsthaus Graz.

To vote in support of the BIX architects or to find out more about the Bartlett school use the links below. 

Vote for BIX
Bartlett School