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The Architecture of the Groniger Museum

The Groninger Museum is renowned for its collection of modern art and Asian porcelain and its daring and unconventional new building in the turn pool was opened in 1994 by the Dutch Queen Beatrix. With this building Groningen acquired the most spectacular museum in the country. Not only is the building exceptional, the location in the water is also remarkable. The Groninger Museum (literally) forms a ridge between the Central Station and the inner city. It was designed by the famous Italian designer Alessandro Mendini, in collaboration with the architects Michele de Lucchi and Philippe Starck and the Coop Himmelb(l)au partnership, and has attracted international attention.

A detailed description of the Building and its Architects is available on the official Groninger Museum website. A remarable book about the history of the site, the design process and photographic documentary of the museum is:

Alessandro en Francesco Mendini, Philippe Starck, Michele de Lucchi, Coop Himmelb(l)au in Groningen
by Marijke Martin, Cor Wagenaar and Annette Welkamp
Groningen : Groninger Museum, 1996
ISBN 90-71691-24-1