Vienna 2: Elvis

Kiosk in the Museum Quarter of Vienna, Austria (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)
Kiosk in the Museum Quarter of Vienna, Austria (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

In the Museum Quarter of Vienna it were neither the new Leopold Museum nor the new Mumok that catched everybody’s eyes. It was this little thing.

We don’t know who designed it, but it looks amazing. It is a small kiosk that tries to draw as much attention as possible. The architecture doesn’t apply the obvious signs, like saying ‘Eat’ or ‘Coca-cola’, but instead just tries to be big, to be bigger than it actually is.

Someone said it looked like the tuft of Elvis Presley. I like that reference, as both are sculpted forms without content except ‘form’ itself. It’s just volume.

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley (Photograph: Helga)

Kiosk in the Museum Quarter of Vienna, Austria (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)
Kiosk in the Museum Quarter of Vienna, Austria (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

At night the tuft becomes a lantern that continuously alternates its color. The continuously changing color modifies the atmosphere of the courtyard it stands in, in a positive way. Sunlight also changes all the time.

Kiosk in the Museum Quarter of Vienna, Austria (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)
Kiosk in the Museum Quarter of Vienna, Austria (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)

Kiosk in the Museum Quarter of Vienna, Austria (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)
Kiosk in the Museum Quarter of Vienna, Austria (Photographer: Michiel van Raaij)


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