Wedged between the old-world architecture of Graz, Austria is a bizarre looking blob-shaped museum. Dubbed the “Friendly Alien” by its designers, architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, you’re looking at the very different Kunsthaus Graz Art Museum. Inside the building are two large floors which house contemporary art exhibitions, but the building itself is a work of art.
The bizarre structure’s curved roof is covered with tube shaped windows that resemble spines, while the rest of its surface is covered with thousands of acrylic panels with built-in solar panels to generate electricity. Part of that power goes to the building’s nine-hundred fluorescent rings embedded in its surface. At night these can be individually programmed to create a mesmerizing light show.
Completed in 2003 as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations, the building sits on the west bank of the River Mur and is now recognized as an architectural landmark
The building lit up for the night:
(via Amusing Planet)