kadawittfeldarchitektur is a European architectural office, operating out of Aachen, Germany, with its founding office in Graz, Austria. Their projects move in scale between architecture, city building, interiors, and urban studies to create meaning within a context of public buildings. Theirs is a spatial strategy translated into built form. The building itself is understood as a functional object, designed to serve the user and spectator alike, from inside and out. The office tests reality: building and translating the meaning of tradition into appropriate contemporary spatial structures.
The Celtic Museum is a clearly contoured and distinct volume, blending in with the surrounding landscape. Partly inserted into the slope, it projects itself towards the burial mound. Its vital function as an element of the landscape, the museum building amplifies the burial mound’s leading role. The construction of the modern museum building started in the summer of 2008. Corten steel plates clad the building, which pushes out from the slope of the Glauberg like a kind of telescope peeking out into the past.
Underneath the main volume, one finds the foyer and the café and adjoining rooms as well. Here begins and ends the exploration of the museum’s archaeological trail. A staircase-ramp guides the visitor into the exhibition. In the end, one finds a panoramic window, offering an impressive view of the burial mound, incorporating it into the exhibition itself. The roof acts also as an observation deck onto the scenic landscape and the skies above – so that the surroundings can be “discovered.”
Each of the three floors has a specific function: the ground floor of the entrance area leads to the cafeteria, which offers a stunning view of the mound. The basement contains the exhibition rooms and the museum administration offices. The dominant large windows in the flow of the exhibition offer a glorious view of the district and the surrounding landscape . From the roof of the museum, the visitor can experience, finally, the natural environment of the Glauberg. The design boasts a clear and strict form that represents a discrete element in the landscape, but does not compete with the archaeological site.