Retail function, M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio  Sauerbruch Hutton *The mage curtesy A Fondazione Venezia

M9 From Colorful Museum to the Smart City

New Museums worldwide

The new museum buildings or new addition for the existing ones were opened in the last few years.

We had the pleasure to enjoy Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by Jean Nouvel with a lattice dome with Surface area 97,000 m² (Opened November 2017). Than VICTORIA & ALBERT Dundee Museum designed by Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, situated along the banks of the River Tay like a ship (Opening September 2018). At the end of 2018 in December, the M9 museum was inaugurated.

Louvre Abu Dhabi, design Ateliers Jean Nouvel  *The mage curtesy Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Louvre Abu Dhabi, design Ateliers Jean Nouvel
*The image curtesy Ateliers Jean Nouvel

 These museums differ on many bases: from their offerings and collections, area, to their architecture.

Their collections span from antiquities to contemporary art in Louvre Abu Dhabi, Scotland’s design heritage (furniture, textiles, metalwork, and ceramics) in VICTORIA & ALBERT Dundee Museum or thousands of pieces of clothing and couture accessories in YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSEUM in Marrakech, Morocco .

M9 offers the Italian cultural inheritance of the 20th Century with a multimedia approach.

M9 Location

Location, M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton *The mage curtesy Studio Sauerbruch Hutton
Location, M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton
*The image curtesy Studio Sauerbruch Hutton

The new M9 museum stands in a small quarter in the centre of Mestre, near Venice.

It is a major urban-regeneration project being built by the Fondazione di Venezia with a total investment of 110 million euros.

Brief vs realization

Fondazione di Venezia as a Client defined Brief for the design of M9.

The requirement was that the following functions be included in the future building: media centre and auditorium as well as offices, conference centre, retail, restaurants with the gross floor area of 25.600 m². It was expected that the building has to respect the environmental requirements, to be technologically advanced and to addresses energy-consumption issues.

The construction process lasted from 2014 — 2018.

1. Functional organization in line to the brief

The Studio Sauerbruch Hutton (Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton) from Berlin won the competition organized 2010 among six prestigious European offices invited. Their design solution is a multifunctional centre that is more than a traditional museum.

The M9 consists of 7 buildings,3 of which newly constructed. Museum functions are incorporated in one of the new buildings.  The public facilities, including a media library, an auditorium, a museum shop and a café are located on the ground floor. The auditorium/cinema is with a 4K screen and 200 seats with VR visors for virtual-reality screenings. On the upper floors are galleries and event spaces.

The refurbished former convent and the renovated a 1970s’ office building carry office functions.

The new buildings, M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton *The mage curtesy Studio Sauerbruch Hutton
The new buildings, M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton
*The image curtesy Studio Sauerbruch Hutton

The roof over the inner courtyard of the former 16th-century convent responds to the new public and retail function, turning the space into a rendezvous and shared space that also hosts major events.

The courtyard of the former 16th-century convent, M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton *The mage curtesy A Fondazione Venezia
The courtyard of the former 16th-century convent, M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton
*The image curtesy M9 Museum, foto Alessandra Chemollo

The strong connection between existing and new buildings create a coherent whole and close link with the surrounding.

2. Buildings that fit in the surrounding

Façade of the M9 confirm designer's approach to synthesize the colour in their design process.

The compact façade of the main building was clad with polychrome ceramic tiles (20thousand) in 13 colours. The tiles were placed in an interesting way so that very long façade poses its own dynamism emphasized with the mix of solid and glazed surfaces.

Such facade and its colours contribute that new buildings are connected with the urban context.

The detail of the facade, M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton *The mage curtesy A Fondazione Venezia
The detail of the facade, M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton
*The image curtesy M9 Museum, foto Alessandra Chemollo

3. The energy of the future

Sauerbruch Hutton is also known for its sustainable design solutions. For M9, it proposed cutting-edge structural and M&E solutions to reduce energy requirements.

86 thousand KWH solar energy will be produced annually by 276 photovoltaic panels,63 geothermal probes at a depth of 110. This will cover 100% of heating and 40% of cooling energy.

M9 will be one of the first Italian districts to obtain LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

4. The new public space

The urban intervention includes redesigning road accesses through the old city centre and reconnecting previously neglected parts of the city in a new way

All buildings within the museum district are interconnected with pedestrian paths paved with trachyte. The buildings together frame a new public square connected with the renovated courtyard of the convent. The route through the block is enlivened at street level by various cafés, restaurants and shops.

The renovated courtyard of the convent with retail finctions , M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton *The mage curtesy Studio Sauerbruch Hutton
The renovated courtyard of the convent with retail finctions , M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton
*The image curtesy Studio Sauerbruch Hutton

Such a design of public spaces, with the new functions, enable new concept and connection of the culture and commercial functions.

5. A smart city improve quality of life

The Studio Sauerbruch Hutton firm’s architecture is also known for its technical innovation and environmental sustainability.

The renovated courtyard of the convent with retail finctions , M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton *The mage curtesy Studio Sauerbruch Hutton
The renovated courtyard of the convent with retail finctions , M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton
*The image curtesy Studio Sauerbruch Hutton

They applied the same approach on M9 Museum. They incorporated advanced technology solutions so that services available on shared space are accessible to all: the local population and tourists. 3 digital islands are equipped with interactive and multimedia totems, 3 benches are supplied with USB charging station and Wi-Fi hotspots with free ultra-fast broadband.10 e-bikes with parking and charging points will be available. The new technology  improve services, information, transportation, safety…

The digital-island network will radiate out from M9 across both the mainland and the old city.

Featuring the widespread adoption of new communication, mobility, energy-efficiency and environmental technologies, M9 provides innovative services that will improve quality of life.

Achievements

I would like to emphasize some of the achievements of the M9 project through design:

The Museum exhibition space Section five, M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton *The mage curtesy A Fondazione Venezia
The Museum exhibition space Section five, M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton
*The image curtesy M9 Museum, foto Alessandra Chemollo
  • The project brings urban-regeneration and renewal, revitalization of the parts of the city not previously in close contact or open to the public
  • The Project provides an active role of old, cultural buildings
  • The project brings a strong connection between existing and new architecture relating to space, form and colour
  • The Project represents a mix of functions, spaces and services that form a multifunctional centre that is more than a traditional museum, can easily transform
  • The Project possess cutting-edge structural and M&E solutions that reduce energy requirements.
  • The Project offers innovative services available to all on public spaces
  • The new-concept was applied on the Project with the relationship between cultural and retail functions
Museum exhibition space, M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton *The mage curtesy Studio Sauerbruch Hutton
Museum exhibition space, M9 Venezia, Mestre; design Studio Sauerbruch Hutton
*The image curtesy Studio Sauerbruch Hutton

With this design solution M9 Museum brings the following benefits to this part of the town:

  • The Museum provides new opportunities for Mestre development
  • The Museum has the opportunity to become the nucleus of public life offering innovative and different services
  • The Museum has new commercial opportunities (cultural, retail.)
  • The Museum has the opportunity to organize different events for all generation including children and to be active Museum with permanent changes
  • The Museum will bring new identification to the district through possibilities to organize different events (cultural, educational, corporative…)
  • The Museum as mini-Smart City with new communication, mobility, energy-efficiency and environmental technologies will bring a new image to the district
  • The Museum provides innovative services that will improve quality of life.

It is expected that the M9 Museum will become a new cultural destination this year.

Museums to be opened in 2019

The current year will welcome the opening of new museums with new offerings. Some of them are:

National Museum of Qatar, Doha, designed by Jean Nouvel *The mage curtesy Ateliers Jean Nouvel
National Museum of Qatar, Doha, designed by Jean Nouvel
*The image curtesy Ateliers Jean Nouvel

National Museum of Qatar, (Doha, Qatar), with surface area 40,000 m², designed by Jean Nouvel will be opened on March 28, 2019.  It will offer visitors an opportunity to explore and learn about the life of the Qatari people from its traditional and historical past to the modern times.

The opening of Bauhaus Museum Dessau,( Dessau, Germany) by addenda architects (González Hinz Zabala) will happen on  September 8, 2019. The new museum will have an exhibition space of 2,100 square meters and a total usable area of 3,500 square meters. The new museum will display the collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

Designcommunication presents Museum M9 Designed by The Studio Sauerbruch Hutton