Groninger Museum, Netherlands
The radically modernist structures forming the Groninger Museum consist of three main pavilions: a silver cylindrical building designed by Philippe Starck, a yellow tower by Alessandro Mendini, and a pale blue deconstructivist space by Coop Himmelblau.
Alessandro Mendini was commissioned to design the new museum, to which he applied his radical design philosophy, resulting in a truly exceptional space. In Mendini’s view:
It is not the function of the object that ought to be the starting point, but its beauty – thus, not the object but the user. A human is an individual and needs personality instead of the anonymity of functional design.
The incredibly beautiful and lavishly coloured staircase at the centre of the tower is rendered entirely with Bisazza mosaic and is a true masterclass in how to breathe life and individuality into public spaces.