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Oskar Reinhart Collection Am Römerholz

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Gigon Guyer Architekten
location Winterthur
function museum
contributed by Jose_Garcia

The Villa am Römerholz was built in 1915 in French Renaissance style by the architect Maurice Turrentini. Oskar Reinhart bought it in 1924 and commissioned Turrentini to add a gallery to house his art collection. Reinhart dies in 1965 and bequeaths the villa and the art to the Swiss Confederation. Following a renovation in 1970, the villa is opened as a public museum. From 1993 to 1998 Gigon & Guyer renew the villa and add three new exhibition spaces. They vary in size and proportion. From outside, the new rooms form a closed cube inserted between the residence and the gallery. The walls are clad with large prefabricates slabs of concrete. Mixed with pulverized limestone and copper, the principal materials used to build the villa, the concrete cladding will rapidly turn green. Water enriched with copper ions running down the façade will accelerate the change. Through this compressed process of patinization, the new building will make a journey in time to the meet the genius loci.

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Oskar Reinhart Collection Am Römerholz
Haldenstrasse 95 95
Project is public!
Opening hours Tuesday to Sunday 10 am-5 pm Wednesday 10 am-8 pm Closed Monday
How to get there? No. 3 bus from the railway station to Kantonsspital bus stop. The museum is then a ten-minute walk in the direction of the Lindberg, following the Römerholz signpost.
Completion 1998
ArchitectGigon Guyer Architekten
Client Swiss Federal Office of Culture
Project ID 3410
Latitude/Longitude 47°30'41N 08°43'55E
Contributed by Jose_Garcia
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